Most common medical conditions

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Avator By Jonathan Owen
Marketing Manager
Published 26th July 2023
Last modified 2nd August 2023
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The most common medical conditions can vary depending on various factors such as region, age group, and lifestyle. However, some medical conditions are prevalent globally. Here are a few examples of common medical conditions:


  • High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a common condition characterised by elevated pressure in the arteries. It can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body regulates blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes, in particular, is a widespread condition linked to lifestyle factors.
  • Asthma: Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to breathing difficulties, wheezing, and coughing.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis refers to the inflammation and stiffness of joints, causing pain and reduced mobility. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types.
  • Depression: Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities. It can significantly impact a person’s daily life and overall well-being.
  • Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders encompass a range of conditions characterised by excessive worry, fear, or unease. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder are some examples.
  • Allergies: Allergies occur when the immune system reacts abnormally to substances like pollen, dust mites, or certain foods, causing symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and skin rashes.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive lung disease that includes conditions like chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It causes breathing difficulties and reduces lung function over time.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases: Various cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias, are familiar worldwide and can have serious implications for heart health.
  • Cancer: Cancer is a broad term for diseases characterised by abnormal cell growth. It can affect various body parts and is one of the leading causes of death globally.

It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and the prevalence of medical conditions can vary across populations. Consulting with healthcare professionals and staying informed about personal health risks is essential for understanding and managing specific medical conditions.

But it’s important to ensure you’re covered for all pre-existing medical conditions. But Sometimes, we may not be able to provide you with a quote – but if we can’t, you will find a list of specialist medical providers through the Money & Pensions Service directory. You can find the directory online or by calling 0800 1387777.

Seeking medical help in case of an emergency abroad can be very expensive and stressful. With our travel insurance you don’t have to worry about anything. If something happens to you or someone on the policy, we will take care of everything. Moreover, we cover many pre-existing medical conditions so if you need to seek medical advice relating to your condition while abroad, we will cover that as well.