The WHO (World Health Organisation) reported about the “other pandemic” that has been a crisis for much longer than the coronavirus pandemic, since 2000 in fact.
Extracts from the WHO’s article
“Noncommunicable diseases now make up 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death.”
“Heart disease now represents 16% of total deaths from all causes.”
“Deaths from diabetes increased by 70% globally between 2000 and 2019, with an 80% rise in deaths among males.”
What causes Non-Communicable Diseases?
“Tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from a NCD.”
“Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors contributing to NCDs, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the harmful use of alcohol.”
“Unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity may show up in people as raised blood pressure, increased blood glucose, elevated blood lipids and obesity.”
“1.6 million deaths annually can be attributed to insufficient physical activity.”
Non-Communicable Diseases and Covid19 mortality are linked
It’s the people with these conditions that suffered most from the coronavirus pandemic?
The Lancet - COVID-19: a new lens for non-communicable diseases
Pan American Health Organization - NCDs and COVID-19
BAME communities suffer from Non-Communicable Diseases and Covid19 more than others
Obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart diseases are highly prevalent in BAME communities.
Public Health England - Understanding the
impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups
Royal College of General Practitioners - Raising the issue of overweight and obesity with the South Asian community
The load of articles in the news
Hindustan Times - WHO: Heart disease now killing more people than ever before
Indian Express - Heart disease now killing more people than ever before: WHO
New Straits Times - WHO: 7 of top 10 killers pre-Covid were non-communicable diseases
GMA News Online - 7 of top 10 killers pre-COVID were non-communicable diseases - WHO
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