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Table 3 Prevalence of chronic diseases in women 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 10732 393 140 1950 247 78 2100 657 344 688 593 858
Chronic respiratory diseases 6.0 20.7 15.4 6.9 16.0 15.2 7.9 21.3 24.4 7.9 10.5 15.1
Diabetes 1.2 5.0 3.1 4.9 12.2 14.0 8.0 12.2 18.3 5.6 8.9 11.1
Cancer 0.7 3.7 3.2 2.1 6.1 5.7 4.1 4.2 8.1 1.9 2.9 6.0
Depression 6.0 21.7 14.5 7.2 24.0 21.3 6.7 14.4 17.6 3.9 7.2 11.2
Neurological diseases 0.6 2.0 12.0 1.2 3.2 3.2 0.5 2.2 8.4 1.6 1.8 6.5
Stomach ulcer 2.2 9.5 2.7 4.3 9.8 18.0 4.3 9.7 10.1 3.4 5.7 10.7
Bowel diseases 2.4 14.1 6.9 3.7 9.3 18.7 4.7 11.0 15.2 1.8 7.4 7.7
Chronic kidney diseases 1.1 3.7 1.1 1.3 1.3 6.6 0.8 5.7 6.7 0.9 1.6 4.0
Liver diseases 0.4 1.7 1.0 0.8 1.7 2.1 1.5 2.1 2.6 0.2 1.5 2.0
Gall-stones 0.6 1.5 0.7 1.2 1.4 4.1 1.9 2.5 8.0 1.5 4.0 3.4
Glaucoma 0.6 1.0 0.7 3.1 9.0 6.1 4.9 7.5 10.0 5.4 8.8 8.3
Cataract 0.2 1.1 0.3 1.0 1.6 8.0 8.2 12.8 12.1 16.5 15.0 15.4
Migraine 15.5 29.8 24.6 10.9 26.9 25.7 7.8 13.5 18.8 5.9 5.7 9.9
Thyroid problems 4.6 11.5 7.8 8.8 9.5 10.4 9.5 12.3 14.6 4.7 10.7 12.0
Chronic skin diseases 3.4 5.7 0.4 2.9 8.2 2.9 3.2 4.9 3.8 3.2 1.5 7.5
Chronic cystitis 1.9 4.4 4.0 2.4 3.5 9.9 2.3 7.2 8.0 2.9 5.7 8.7
Cardiovascular diseases             
 Heart attack 0.7 4.7 0.9 2.9 7.4 8.4 7.1 14.5 15.8 7.5 13.1 20.7
 Stroke 0.1 2.7 4.0 0.9 2.7 5.1 1.0 4.0 7.6 2.1 2.6 9.5
Musculoskeletal diseases             
 Low back pain 9.7 40.8 18.9 16.2 46.4 40.6 19.7 35.4 39.1 15.0 26.7 23.9
 Osteoporosis 1.4 4.3 7.7 9.9 16.8 28.7 16.8 27.2 27.6 13.4 25.4 28.1
 Arthritis 7.6 37.8 20.5 27.8 63.6 61.6 41.5 67.7 70.0 40.9 58.8 65.8
  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