Chronic Disease 2012-2017

MN women have a slightly higher rate of chronic diseases (37.9%) compared to men (32.6%). In addition, women had a higher rate of certain chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis (source).

% of Women Ever Told By a Health Professional
they have had a:

Details and sources for graphics (above):

  • 2.4% Heart attack
  • 2.5% Angina or coronary health disease

% of women told they had:

  • 2.1% a stroke
  • 6.6% diabetes
  • 24.4% high blood pressure
  • 27.1% high cholesterol
  • 9% asthma
  • 4.5% some form of COPD, emphysema or chronic bronchitis
  • 22.8% some form of arthritis
  • 2.7% kidney disease
  • 40.6% of women are at a recommended weight
  • 30.6% of women are overweight
  • 26.4%of women are obese
  • 4.6% of women are underweight or unknown

The above data represent crude percentage calculated from one or more questions from the CDC BRFSS among women ages 18 to 44 (extra resources here and here).

See “About the Data Sources” for more details on how data were collected.