Lifestyle disease is a group of conditions that are associated with how people live. This includes eating habits, smoking (tobacco), drug and alcohol use, and exercise.
We used to think that lifestyle disease only included conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
We now know that unhealthy lifestyles are the cause of many conditions and diseases. It is estimated that the majority of issues primary care providers (NPs and MDs) see in day-to-day practice are associated with unhealthy lifestyle. 62% of all primary care visits in Canada are for the management of chronic disease (e.g. Diabetes type 2). 1
Obesity in particular is a confirmed risk factor for cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases, cancers, and mental health conditions. 2 3 4 Sixty percent of Canadian adults are now overweight or obese. 5 6 It is estimated that by 2021 the yearly direct health care costs associated with obesity in Canada will reach $8.8 billion. 7
We arrange screening tests because we know that if we can catch some diseases in the early stages we can often stop the disease from advancing. Find out more here.
The information provided on npsam.ca is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified health care professional. You are encouraged to inform your nurse practitioner or physician of any changes you make to your lifestyle. If you have questions or concerns about any medical conditions please book an appointment with your nurse practitioner or physician.
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