Chronic diseases

In 2014 more than one third of persons over 15 years (2.6 million people) stated that they have a chronic disease or a chronic health problem (1.2 million men, 1.4 million women). Chronic diseases and health problems increase with age and affect greater numbers of women than men in all age groups. While only one in six 15 to 29 year olds has an ongoing health problem (126 000 men, 147 000 women), about more than half of the population aged 75 and above are affected (145 000 men, 225 000 women).


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