NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases)

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 NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases)

NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) 

Non-communicable disease (NCD) is a medical condition or disease that is non-infectious or non-transmissible. NCDs can refer to chronic diseases which last for long periods of time and progress slowly. 

The Facts 

  • 63% of deaths around the world are caused by NCDs
  • 73% of deaths in Thailand as a result of NCDs (higher than the global average)
  • More than 9 million people will die from NCDs before the age of 60
  • All NCDs are preventable
  • If you can reduce the risk factors of NCD the chances of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke ,and type 2 diabetes is reduced by 75% and it can reduce the chances of cancer by 40%. 

Risk Factors (lifestyle)

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Eating extremely salty or sweet foods, especially junk food
  • Stress

NCDs include:  

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Stroke and Heart Disease
  • Emphysema
  • Certain cancers

Reducing the risk factors that contribute to NCDs can help to reduce the chance of having stroke, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 Diabetes by 75%. It can also help to reduce the chance of cancer by 40%.