The Most Common Chronic Diseases in Young Adults

The Most Common Chronic Diseases in Young Adults

Young adults tend to feel invincible. As if nothing can ever stop them from doing what they want in life. No one is going to blame them for feeling that way. They are just entering, or on the cusp of their physical prime, so they feel fantastic physically and mentally. But we are well aware that is not always the case. There are chronic diseases that afflict young adults in the same way that similar conditions affect the elderly.

There is no better way to help with prevention than to learn about these common chronic diseases in young adults. Here then are some of those common chronic afflictions:

 1. Diabetes

Diabetes might not immediately come to mind as a disease that affects young adults. That used to be the case, but some things have changed. Cases of type 2 diabetes are on the rise among children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes is more deadly than type 1 diabetes, which is sometimes referred to as “childhood diabetes”. With type 2 diabetes, the body eventually becomes resistant to the hormone known as insulin. It’s a disease that is on the rise because of lifestyle changes and other factors.

2. Heart Disease

Heart disease is another chronic illness that one would not normally associate with young adults. But the thing is, even if you are just in your 20s or 30s, you are already at risk for heart disease. That is the reality that young adults face today, and it is based on several factors. Probably the biggest of those factors is stress. Millennials, for example, suffer from stress more than any other generation. And the most common type of stroke, known as ischemic stroke, is known to occur before the age of 45. A lifestyle change is probably the best defence against this type of disease.

3. Lupus

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease where the immune system attacks its own body’s tissues and cells. It can cause complications in the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and skin. While it has been said that women of childbearing age are the ones that have the highest risk, young adults are still very much affected. Patients with systemic lupus that are 40 years old and below have a very high mortality rate, as much as 300 per cent.

Now, these are just three of the deadly diseases that can cause death to young adults. The only real solution seems to be to have a healthy lifestyle as early as possible. That will at least lessen the likelihood of getting any of the diseases.


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For those who get the disease, there are also ways to help them and their families deal with it. Some of those are processes such as palliative care and hospice care. It is readily available anywhere. So it doesn’t matter where you are from. If you are from Indiana and you need palliative care, then you will get it, just the same as if you are from LA or New York. The important thing is that the patient, regardless of their disease or age group, will live out a life that is full of comfort and love.