NACDD Policy White Paper Calls for Prevention-Solution to Chronic Disease Burden


National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Releases White Paper Calling for Prevention-Solution to Chronic Disease Burden

October 29, 2015 -Atlanta, GA

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) released a timely white paper citing immediate need for a national focus on chronic disease prevention.

Spotlighting the alarming burden of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, NACDD presents a clear and logical argument for a ‘prevention-solution’ to America’s chronic disease crisis that is responsible for 86% of all healthcare spending.

According to the World Health Organization, the United States ranks 37th in the world for health outcomes while number one in highest spending.  Statistically, care for those with diabetes cost Americans $245 billion in 2012, while heart disease rang in at $315 billion in 2010 and today is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths.   Comparatively, cancer costs totaled only $157 billion in 2010, yet today’s data projects 1.6 million Americans will be newly diagnosed for cancer in 2015.

“The obvious solution is prevention”