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Number of people with chronic diseases in Italy 2010-2018

The latest data on Italians’ state of health showed that as many as 25 million individuals suffered from at least one chronic disease. Moreover, a considerable number of people were even affected by two or more chronic conditions. Among them, hypertension, arthritis, and allergies were the most widespread. Despite that these figures could indicate the opposite, Italians appeared to be generally satisfied and claimed to have an overall good health.

Satisfied with their health status

While 25 million Italians were affected by at least one chronic disease, as many as 42 million Italians affected were living with no chronic illnesses. Moreover, recent surveys revealed that most Italians claimed to be generally content with their health condition, with only 4.2 percent of respondents admitting that they were not at all satisfied.

Pre-existing health conditions and the coronavirus

To this day, the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused as many as 36 thousand deaths in Italy. An in-depth study on the deceased patients, however, showed that most of the victims were already suffering from poor health conditions. Only four percent of deaths registered occurred among individuals with no pre-existing health conditions. To be more specific, 66 percent of individuals who died from the coronavirus were suffering from hypertension, 30 percent from type-2 diabetes, and 28 percent from ischemic heart disease.

Number of people affected by at least one chronic disease in Italy from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Method of interview

Questionnaire and personal interview

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