An Infographic on the Growing Problem of NCDs in the Philippines
What are NCDs?
NCDs is the acronym for non-communicable diseases. These diseases are chronic in nature and are a result of genetic, physiological, environmental, and behavioral factors. These particular diseases collectively represent a worldwide crisis and poses risks that encompass both societal health and economic prosperity.
The main types of NCDs are diabetes, heart diseases, cancers, and chronic lung diseases; they’re called the “fatal four” by the World Health Organization because as much as 50% of all deaths from these types occur before the age of 60. NCDs are deemed lifestyle diseases because the key risk factors – unhealthy diets, tobacco use, physical inactivity, environmental pollution, and harmful alcohol use – are largely lifestyle-related and can be prevented with a reduction in the impact of such.
NCDs in the Philippines: an infographic
Shown above is an infographic I created on the growing problem of NCDs in the Philippines. Do download and share this infographic to all those whom you think might benefit from it. Inasmuch as this topic is a global burden, I decided to focus on statistics about our country because the trend rises disproportionately among low-income and lower-middle-income countries, where almost half of premature NCD deaths occur. The Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017 also says that, within countries, these deaths disproportionately affect the poorest and those furthest behind.
I’ll tackle this topic further in future posts, but in the meantime, let the statistics be a fitting reminder to us all that “An ounce of prevention is indeed better than a pound of cure.”
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