Long term health conditions are ones that can only be controlled – not cured. The right medication and information can make living with a long-term illness much easier.
Asthma affects over 2.5 million men. It affects the tubes that carry air to your lungs and can be triggered by something like dust, tabacco or stress. It can run in families. Asthma is not curable, but is very treatable.
For more information visit www.asthma.org.uk
Dementia affects about 700,000 people in the UK. There are more than 100 types of dementia – the most common is Alzheimer’s disease. Although no medication can reverse dementia, some can slow it down.
For more information visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
Diabetes is a hormone disorder that affects 2 million people. There are 2 types – type 1 is often diagnosed in childhood and can be treated with insulin injections. Type 2 is more common in adults and is often linked with obesity.
Quiz: Are you at risk of diabetes?
For more information visit www.diabetes.org.uk
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Epilepsy is slightly more common in men than in women. Overall, it affects 456,000 people in the UK. Epilepsy can’t be cured but medication can prevent seizures.
For more information visit www.epilepsy.org.uk
Parkinson’s disease normally affects people over 50. It’s caused by damage to your brain cells that then affects your coordination. There’s no cure but treatment can take away most of your symptoms.
For more information visit http://parkinsoninfo.org