Every third German is chronically ill

Every third person in Germany feels chronically ill

According to a representative survey by the Forsa polling institute on behalf of the Techniker-Krankenkasse (TK), one in three Germans surveyed feels chronically ill. Due to an existing or supposed chronic illness, every third person is in (permanent) medical treatment.

During the Forsa survey, about a third (37 percent) of the survey participants said they suffer from a chronic illness and are therefore under ongoing medical treatment. According to the study results, a particularly large number of chronic patients live in the eastern German federal states. There, 48 percent of the people surveyed said they suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes or irritable stomach. In the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin and Brandenburg, 40 percent said they suffer from at least one chronic illness. In the states of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, the same 49 percent of the respondents stated. In West Germany, on the other hand, only 35 percent said they have a chronic condition.

Unemployed people suffer from chronic illnesses more often
There was a difference not only between East and West, but also between employed and unemployed. In all of Germany, 25 percent of the workforce suffer from chronic diseases. Unemployed people said 50 percent of them were chroniclers. If the survey data from the eastern German regions are compared with the unemployment rate, it should be noted that the unemployment rate in the east is higher than in the west even after 22 years after reunification.

Being alone makes you sick
Differences in results also resulted in the age structures and life situations. 25 percent of younger people between the ages of 20 and 30 suffer from permanent suffering. According to the results of the study, those who live alone also suffer from permanent illnesses more often. 45 percent of single people said they were chronically ill. People living in four-person households suffer from a chronic illness in only 23 percent of cases.

Chronic diseases refer to suffering that results from an event in which an ongoing degenerative process takes place or a disability has occurred. If patients are unable to recover and the cause cannot be eliminated, the condition becomes chronic. Chronic diseases include, for example, gout, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatism, Chron's disease or dementia. According to official estimates, 1.2 million people in Germany alone suffer from Alzheimer's and around 50 percent will suffer from a heart disease and die of it once in their life. According to experts, 25 percent of people will develop a malignant tumor. For the representative survey of the Techniker Krankenkasse, around 1,000 people of different sex and age were surveyed across Germany. (sb)

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