NCD Top Killers In South-East Asia: WHO

Jan. 29, 2019

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — mainly cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer — continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region. It is claiming 8.5 million lives each year.

 Key Facts:

  • NCD are collectively responsible for over 70% of all deaths worldwide, or 41 million people. These include 15 million people dying prematurely, aged between 30 and 69.

  • The NCDs disproportionately affect the poor, impoverish families, and place a growing burden on health care systems.

  • Factors Mainly Contributing to the four ‘Major’ NCDs: Tobacco use, Unhealthy diet, Insufficient physical activity; and harmful use of alcohol.

    WHO Health Goals for 2019

  • Containing the NCDs

  • Reducing mortality related to air pollution and climate change, global influenza pandemic etc.


  • Consuming fibre and whole grains can reduce health risks from NCD such as heart disease.A higher fibre intake is also associated with lower bodyweight, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol when compared with lower intake.

  • Eat less and enjoy your food by eating slowly. Avoid oversized portions which causes weight gain.

  • Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

  • Limit consumption of food high in trans fats.


Source : The Hindu