Section 3: Causes and Costs of Disabilities
3.1. Which chronic health conditions cause activity limitations most often?
Chronic health conditions can cause activity limitations. Chronic health conditions cause activity limitations an estimated 61,047,000 times in the U.S. population. The five conditions causing the most limitations are: heart disease (7,932,000); back problems (7,672,000); arthritis (5,721,000); asthma (2,592,000); and diabetes (2,569,000).
The conditions causing people to have activity limitations in major activity most often are: mental retardation (87.5 percent of people with the condition have a limitation); multiple sclerosis (69.4% ); malignant neoplasm of the stomach, intestine, colon, and rectum (62.1%); complete and partial paralysis of extremities (60.7%); malignant neoplasm of the lung, bronchus, and other respiratory sites (60.6%); and blindness in both eyes (60.3%).
The top ten chronic conditions that cause activity limitations...
and the top ten most frequently limiting conditions.
Source: LaPlante, 1996; NCHS, 1996
Survey: NHIS 1990-1992