There are hundreds of chronic conditions but some of the most common are: arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease), diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, major depression, migraines, stomach ulcers, tuberculosis (TB).

If you have a chronic condition, take your chronic medication as prescribed by a doctor (called adherence) to keep your test results within the normal range for a year.

For many people having a chronic condition can make them feel like they have lost a part of themselves, or that they are different. It is normal to feel that you will not have the life you dreamed of. This is not true! With the right medication, a healthy lifestyle, care and support you can live a long life, even if you have a chronic condition.

The most common chronic conditions in South Africa are diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS and TB. Diabetes and high blood pressure are often found together. People have their own names for