The United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) released its first ever report on non-communicable diseases. Diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity have reached global epidemic proportions and currently lead to more deaths than all other diseases combined. Three out of five deaths were caused by a chronic disease in 2008. Deaths caused by these diseases are expected to increase by 15% in the next decade – from 36 million in 2008 to 44 million in 2020. In 2030, it will cross the 50 million mark.
The study documents four critical risk factors found in 80% of Chronic Diseases. These four items will almost certainly be detrimental to your health long-term:
Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17 million people annually, followed by cancer (7.6 million), respiratory disease (4.2 million), and diabetes (1.3 million). These four groups of diseases account for around 80% of all NCD deaths, and share four common risk factors:
the harmful use of alcohol
By Dr. Andrew Meyers & Dr. Louis Ignarro