Lifestyle diseases increase death risk of 25% Indians, before they turn 70: Study

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A recent study suggests that 25% Indians may die from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardio-vascular ailments or cancer before they turn 70 years of age.

According to a leading English daily, the Confederation of Indian Industry and Academia on Wednesday released the findings, which are part of a white paper.

"Every year, roughly 5.8 million Indians die from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. In other words, one in four Indians risks dying from an NCD before they reach the age of 70," the white paper reported.

Awareness programmes for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in line with that for HIV and tuberculosis need to be built urgently by the government, suggest reports.

New strategies to tackle the rising disease due to change in lifestyle and eating habits has been craved by many health organisations like World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies of the United Nations.

In six districts, government is all set to spread preventive and promotive programmes to make people aware about the disease.

Every year 38 million deaths have been caused by diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory problems and cardiovascular diseases with a whopping 28 million in low and middle-income countries, including India.

According to WHO, non-communicable diseases account for almost 60% of the total mortality reported annually in India.

Major noncommunicable diseases in India are heart and vascular diseases, common cancers, chronic lung disease, diabetes and mental illness. 

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