NCD's the biggest global health risk

WHO expresses major concern for the NCD’s, noncommunicable diseases that have now reached  developing countries. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, known collectively as noncommunicable diseases are initially lifestyle-related diseases caused by tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets and air pollution. NCD’s kill 16 million people each year before their 70th birthday.

The resulting cost is tremendous, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Michael R. Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) warn, if we do not act now. Today, 80 % of the burden falls over the developing countries, which is an alarming fact, but industrialized countries also face serious problems when figuring out how to finance costly treatments.

Fortunately, prevention and interventions are sufficient means of helping the NCD epidemic to slow down. If detected early enough, more affordable treatments like inexpensive medicines to reduce the risk of heart failure are available. Also, in many countries a decline in tobacco use has resulted due to governmental actions. More steps need to be taken though to advance healthier ways of living: eating less fat, salt and sugar, giving up smoking and drinking less alcohol.