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What are some common medical conditions?

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Common health conditions in the United States include arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Other common health conditions are obesity and diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As of 2015, the number one cause of disability in the United States is arthritis. Over 22 million Americans with arthritis have trouble performing daily activities, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease and cancer are two of the top 10 causes of death, and when combined, they cause almost 48 percent of all deaths in the United States.

Over one-third of adults are obese. This condition causes other serious health issues, such as heart disease, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and various forms of cancer, which are also some of the leading causes of preventable deaths, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains. Kidney failure, lower limb amputations and new cases of adult blindness are most commonly caused by diabetes.

Unhealthy behaviors that contribute to developing these health conditions include poor nutrition and not getting enough exercise. Heavy alcohol consumption and smoking tobacco are also common behaviors that cause these health issues, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. Consuming too much sodium is another factor that contributes to the development of common chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure.

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