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Infectious vs. Chronic Diseases

Describe which currently has the largest impact on the nation's health: infectious diseases or chronic diseases?
Explain your response using epidemiological measures and supportive evidence from academic research.
Analyze how public health upholds individual rights while protecting societal rights through preservation strategies of both types of disasters (e.g., adding fluoride to water to prevent tooth decay or requiring seat belts while driving to reduce injuries and deaths).

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Describe which currently has the largest impact on the nation's health: infectious diseases or chronic diseases

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic debilitating diseases currently have a larger impact upon the nation's health because these diseases kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Diabetes, which leads to other chronic diseases is one of the most common chronic diseases along with diseases emanating from alcoholism and the use of tobacco. The issue of obesity around the globe is heavily contributing to chronic diseases and academic research has long established the link between obesity and being overweight in regard to chronic diseases prevalent in 21st century populations. A range of chronic diseases emanate from obesity and if the healthcare community and public health agencies could decrease BMI results in the population by one unit there would be fewer cases of chronic diseases according to the ...

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Infectious vs. Chronic Diseases

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