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Adult Illness

What is an adult illness?

There are many illnesses or health problems that affect adults in the United States. Some illnesses are life-threatening and can occur without warning, such as a stroke or heart attack. Other illnesses such as lung disease or diabetes are also life-threatening, however, these diseases usually show symptoms and other people find out they have the disease, with the help of their doctor and medicines, they can usually take steps to prolong their life.

What are the most serious adult illnesses?

While any health problem is serious, the ones that cause the most deaths are considered to be the most serious. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults, followed by cancer, stroke, lung disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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