Hypertension (i.e., high blood pressure) affects nearly half of U.S. adults and most do not have it under control. When hypertension is managed poorly or not managed at all, the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, and death increases. One of the most significant challenges associated with hypertension management is that high blood pressure typically presents without any obvious signs or symptoms that something is wrong with a patient. The only means of identifying whether patients have hypertension is through measuring blood pressure.
Despite the significant attention it has received in recent years, obesity remains one of the most significant health problems for Americans. More than 42% of the adult population is considered obese as per 2017–2018 data — a figure that’s up from about 31% as of 1999–2000. Obesity directly contributes to poor mental health outcomes and overall reduced quality of life. It’s associated with leading causes of death, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Obesity has also been shown to increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Models estimate that of the more than 900,000 U.S. adult COVID-19 hospitalizations that occurred between the beginning of the pandemic and mid-November 2020, about 30% were attributed to obesity.
Just how bad is heart failure in the United States? Statistics show that more than 6 million adults have heart failure, and it was mentioned in close to 400,000 (~13%) death certificates in 2018. These figures are expected to get much worse. The American Heart Association projects that the number of people diagnosed with heart failure will surpass 8 million people by 2030. Congestive heart failure (CHF), a chronic progressive condition, can lead to decreased quality of life and death.
Chronic lower respiratory disease, which is primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is the third leading cause of death by disease in the United States. It’s been diagnosed in more than 16 million Americans and millions more are likely unaware that they have COPD. While it is progressive disease, COPD is treatable. Proper, timely management of COPD allows patients to get their symptoms under better control, reduce the risk of associated conditions, and ultimately achieve enhanced quality of life.
Data shows that more than 1 out of every 10 people in the United States has diabetes. That’s more than 34 million people. Furthermore, a staggering 88 million people 18 years or older in the United States have prediabetes, which is more than one-third of the adult population. Like many other chronic diseases, diabetes is incurable. But like many chronic diseases, remote patient monitoring can help greatly reduce the impact of diabetes on a patient’s life. One of the essential steps to diabetes management is glucose monitoring, either continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) or non-continuous glucose monitoring, depending upon the type of diabetes.