Chronic diseases in the EU

In the EU:

  • More than 60% of people over the age of 65 suffer from one or more chronic diseases
  • 32 million adults  are living with diabetes
  • One in four deaths are due to cancer
  • More than 70% of health system budgets are spent on chronic diseases
  • One in three children is obese or overweight
  • On average, nearly one in four adults are smokers

A recent conference “Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases” set out an EU approach to promote good health and prevent and manage chronic diseases in ways that complement national policies in the 28 Member States.

For more information about the EU’s chronic diseases policy on the ec.europa.eu website