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Quick Facts About NCDs – WHO
- Four common, preventable risk factors underlie most NCDs – tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol that lead to four key metabolic changes – raised blood pressure, overweight/obesity, raised blood glucose and raised cholesterol.
- NCDs kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, 17.9 million people annually, followed by cancers (9.0 million), respiratory diseases (3.9 million), and diabetes (1.6 million).
- These 4 groups of diseases alone are responsible for the death of 32.4 million people each year, nearly 60% of all deaths globally.
- Control and prevention:An important way of controlling NCDs is by controlling the risk factors associated with it. In other words, modifying dietary habits and changing lifestyle-risk aspects could prevent most cases of cardiovascular disorders, stroke, diabetes and many types of cancers.
Health is often taken for granted
“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” — Denis Waitley— Denis Waitley
Although healthy lifestyle methods are now easily achievable with appropriate interventions, like nutritional counseling, exercise training, de-addiction programs, regular medical checkups, and stress management techniques. We generally ignore or are reluctant to either start or maintain these appropriate healthy behaviors and health continues to be a neglected entity at the individual level. Each individual’s health is, to a great extent, his own responsibility. And health is often taken for granted, and its value is not totally understood until it is too late.