In this day and age, people are living decades longer than they did even a century ago. This is largely the result of amazing technological, scientific, and medical breakthroughs that allow medical professionals to identify, diagnose, and treat medical conditions more quickly and completely than we had ever dreamed possible. The unfortunate side effect of this is that more people are suffering from chronic disease than ever before. Much of this is just the natural consequence of living to an older age. People in the past didn’t necessarily experience multiple conditions, because infections or even a broken bone could lead to an early demise.
Today, the great challenge for the medical field is to determine how to treat and prevent many of the chronic illnesses that plague our society. This is difficult because patients often experience multiple conditions at the same time. For example, diabetes can often lead to high cholesterol and even heart disease. Sometimes this happens because the conditions stem from the same cause. Sometimes, medications can cause unfortunate side effects that either create medical conditions or exacerbate them. If you have a chronic illness, be sure to discuss any current research with your doctor or medical professional.