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    Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

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    While chronic health issues like Diabetes and Heart Disease are most often at the forefront of health conversations, Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Rodriguez will highlight that there are other health concerns that affect communities and that are often not talked about, including vaccine-preventable infectious diseases such as Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Chronic diseases and disabilities are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths and is 86% of healthcare cost in the U.S. The most common chronic diseases and conditions are; Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and Arthritis. They are the most costly and preventable. More than half of Adult Americans suffer from one chronic disease and 1 of 4 have 2 or more chronic health conditions. An analysis from the Milken Institute determined that treatment of the 7 most common chronic diseases combined with productivity losses will cost the U.S. economy more than a $1 trillion dollars annually. Health care spending increased 5.3 % in 2014, topping $3 trillion or $9,523 per person which is 17.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With the increased costs of Health care these numbers may cause more instability to the U.S. economy. Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Rodriguez discuss: Top Chronic Diseases in the U.S. Why Chronic Diseases increases risk for pneumonia. Preventions. Cultural Barriers. What Alarms Dr. Benjamin the most. For additional information please contact Dr. Regina Benjamin at www.reginabenjamin.net or www.bayouclinic.org and/or Dr. Jorge Rodriguez at www.DrJorge.com. #Former U.S. Surgeon General #U.S. Surgeon General #Surgeon General #Dr. Regina Benjamin #General Regina Benjamin #Regina Benjamin #Dr. Jorge Rodriguez #Dr. Jorge #Jorge Rodriguez #Chronic Disease #Chronic Diseases #Pneumococcal Pneumonia #Pneumonia #Health Care Cost #Healthcare percentage of GDP

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