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Table 2 Prevalence of chronic diseases in men according to disability severity. Health Interview Survey, Belgium, 1997, 2001, 2004, and 2008

From: Contribution of chronic diseases to the mild and severe disability burden in Belgium

Diseases 15–54 years 55–64 years 65–79 years ≥80 years
Not disabled Mild Severe Not disabled Mild Severe Not disabled Mild Severe Not disabled Mild Severe
n 10806 284 131 1966 177 72 1905 440 188 524 276 250
Chronic respiratory diseases 4.9 13.4 10.2 7.9 22.0 30.3 12.3 30.1 28.6 11.8 25.3 36.3
Diabetes 1.1 3.5 4.9 5.8 10.3 27.7 10.1 14.6 8.4 8.0 11.6 14.7
Cancer 0.3 2.2 0.2 1.5 4.8 4.0 4.1 6.3 6.9 2.6 8.9 4.0
Depression 3.8 22.1 9.5 4.1 8.5 11.4 3.7 7.1 18.4 3.5 3.0 8.7
Neurological diseases 0.5 5.6 7.1 0.4 1.0 7.7 0.8 6.3 4.9 0.8 6.0 6.4
Stomach ulcer 2.2 10.0 5.2 3.9 16.1 6.1 4.6 8.9 7.2 4.2 9.1 4.6
Bowel diseases 1.7 8.4 6.6 2.8 5.6 6.4 3.6 4.4 6.0 3.9 5.3 9.7
Chronic kidney diseases 1.1 2.9 1.5 1.5 3.4 8.8 2.6 5.0 4.4 1.1 4.2 1.9
Liver diseases 0.5 4.1 0.0 0.9 0.5 0.5 0.7 4.4 0.5 0.3 1.2 1.4
Gall-stones 0.2 0.9 3.1 0.5 0.4 1.7 1.0 1.8 4.1 2.4 0.5 3.3
Glaucoma 0.8 2.8 2.8 1.9 3.9 5.2 3.3 7.2 4.5 4.3 5.2 8.5
Cataract 0.1 1.2 0.0 0.7 5.0 11.7 4.9 5.8 13.1 9.1 17.0 14.0
Migraine 5.7 19.7 9.8 4.5 8.7 12.6 2.9 4.4 4.3 3.0 5.5 6.6
Thyroid problems 0.7 2.3 2.7 2.2 5.5 1.0 2.6 4.3 7.5 2.1 3.0 2.0
Chronic skin diseases 2.8 5.1 5.5 2.5 7.2 6.2 4.0 2.3 5.1 3.1 4.9 9.0
Chronic cystitis 0.3 1.1 6.9 0.9 2.9 0.6 1.9 4.3 8.6 2.2 4.4 10.0
Cardiovascular diseases             
 Heart attack 0.9 6.9 6.3 6.7 24.7 18.4 12.1 22.7 25.9 16.4 31.0 21.9
 Stroke 0.2 1.6 3.0 0.5 2.9 9.9 1.6 1.3 8.4 3.0 7.1 9.9
Musculoskeletal diseases             
 Low back pain 10.2 39.6 26.2 13.6 46.1 34.1 16.2 26.4 16.5 11.6 13.2 17.0
 Osteoporosis 0.2 7.1 4.3 1.6 3.0 2.1 2.2 7.8 10.1 3.8 4.1 12.7
 Arthritis 6.4 23.0 14.0 20.4 42.1 38.9 24.8 41.2 45.8 22.2 45.2 48.9
  1. n: number of individuals
  2. Arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; chronic respiratory diseases: asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema; neurological diseases: epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease