Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)
What are the risk factors?
16 million of all deaths are attributed to NCDs and occur before the age of 70.
Noncommunicable diseases affect all ages and groups of people.
Tobacco accounts for around six million deaths every year (including from the effects of exposure to secondhand smoke) and is projected to increase to eight million by 2030.
About 3.2 million deaths annually can be attributed to insufficient physical activity.
More than half of the 3.3 million annual deaths from harmful drinking are from NCDs.
In 2010, 1.7 million annual deaths from cardiovascular causes have been attributed to excess salt intake.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
What are they?
Cardiovascular Diseases - like heart attacks and strokes
Chronic respiratory diseases - such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma