Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and chronic diseases last for long periods of time and generally progress slowly.
As WHO explains, eliminating the risk factors of a NCD can prevent their occurrence by up to 40%.
Here is what you should know about them:
- People older than 60 are those that are most affected by these diseases
- These diseases affect both men and women
- They are largely preventable through effective interventions that address risk factors
- They are responsible for 63% of deaths worldwide (36 million of 57 million deaths)
- Most cases occur in low to middle-income countries
To prevent these diseases, the risk factors associated with them must be detected early on.
We encourage you to visit your doctor and get the testing needed to detect changes in your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels among other factors, especially when some of these diseases are genetically inherited.