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The Future of Preventive Care:
Infectious diseases like tuberculosis and polio were once rampant, and although infectious diseases are still a major problem in some areas of the world, chronic diseases are now the major cause of death and disability worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of State.
In the U.S. alone, seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were potentially preventable chronic diseases, with heart disease and cancer making up nearly 48% of all deaths. These diseases aren’t cheap to diagnose and treat. In fact, the total estimated cost of heart disease and stroke was about $315.4 billion in 2010 and the estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was about $245 billion in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If these billions of dollars are hard to fathom, which they probably are, a more personal breakdown is that just a 1% reduction of risk factors like cholesterol and weight would save individuals $83 to $103 annually.
Not to mention the added costs to employers due to factors like decreased productivity and increased workers’ compensation claims, which can be double or triple the costs of medical expenses.
So, chronic diseases are clearly not only a health but also an economic problem. But, again, these diseases are among the most preventable, and many startups have taken note. From early diagnosis to genetic testing to posture correction, a range of solutions is being pursued by these companies.
Here are seven such startups hoping to make a positive impact:
4. Omada Health
7. Lumo .…………….Read more