In This Chapter
Defining chronic disease
Discussing global, nutrition-related health disparity issues
Getting familiar with diets and supplements
Like it or not, you live in a global society. But even before international communication, technology, travel, and finance became commonplace, researchers and people in general have always had a sense of the impact the spread of infectious diseases had on global health and wellness. From the bubonic plague pandemics of the Middle Ages to the smallpox eradication efforts of the 1970s to the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the last three decades, some attention has been paid throughout history to global health.
Most of the past discussions on global health have focused primarily on infectious disease (transmissible diseases resulting from an infection of a pathogen), not chronic disease (conditions that are usually non-transmissible and last longer than three months). Yet an interesting new twist is being unveiled in international health and wellness debates: mass increases in global chronic disease. Even more interesting is that many of these discussions focus around the notion that the rise in worldwide ...