About 22 million people in the UK are battling multiple diseases, a new study has shown. Experts have estimated that about a third the UK now suffers from at least two long-term health issues. The most common health conditions include high blood pressure, depression, chronic obstructive lung disease, osteoarthritis and diabetes.

Kidney disease, obesity and cancer were also among the diseases of concern.

News of the report has triggered calls for an overhaul of antiquated health services. Some doctors say sedentary lifestyles and poor diet have led to millions suffering from multi-morbidity. Others are still unsure of the cause. One thing they can agree on: the condition is so common that it now affects people of all ages.

Multi-morbidity could become a financial disaster for the NHS, which already financially-strapped.

The report was published by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Stephen MacMahon, one of the experts who helped compile the dossier, said most health services in the world are not equipped to care for patients with multiple illnesses.

“There is something happening in the background that is causing rapid increases in the numbers of patients with a single disease developing others and that’s what we don’t understand fully, particularly when those diseases are otherwise disconnected,” he said.

Cancer is the leading cause of avoidable death in the United Kingdom, says the Office for National Statistics. The department said 141,101 deaths out of 597,206 were avoidable in 2016.

“Across the UK the NHS, both general practice and hospital services, are stretched beyond belief,” said Dr. Ian Campbell, a doctor in Nottingham. “Whatever the stats, those of us on the frontline know that we are not coping. And whatever reasons we might believe are the cause, the inescapable truth is this is a tragedy and completely unacceptable.”

Along with cancer, diabetes and other major, serious illnesses, Britons are also suffering from other conditions, like kidney stones and benign prostate enlargement (BPH).

Medication and surgery are the go-to treatments for these conditions, which are treated one-by-one and on an individual basis. Alternative options, like Fine Treatment’s thermobalancing therapy for BPH patients, are available, but may not be covered by the NHS. “Fine Treatment is a UK Department for International Trade (DIT) registered supplier to international buyers, since April 2018: https://trade.great.gov.uk/suppliers/08994517/fine-treatment-limited/.”

Thermobalancing therapy utilizes the body’s own energy to improve blood flow and circulation to impacted organs. Chronic prostatitis, enlarged prostate, urinary tract issues and secondary prostate enlargement all shows signs of improvement with conservative thermobalancing treatment.

The experts behind the dossier say that the NHS needs to prepare to treat a growing population with complex medical needs. Right now, the NHS is structured to treat patients with one health condition. When patients walk in with multiple ailments, they are sent to several different specialists to have each condition treated separately.

The conventional 10-minute appointment that most Britons receive is no longer enough.

“We know that our growing ageing population means more people than ever are living with multiple long-term conditions which in turn places more pressure on the system,” said the Department of Health and Social Care. “Caring for these patients requires a longer term partnership with individuals and that’s why we are committed to integrating health and social care so people can access the care they expect and deserve.”

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