'Lifestyle Diseases Growing in Developing World'

Friday, 31 August 2012, 04:55 Hrs
cmt right
Comment Right
cmt right
cmt right
Printer Print Email Email

Sydney:  Lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are no longer a problem just in wealthy nations -- their rates in low-to-middle income countries are outpacing those of the developed countries, according to an Australian study.

"Globally 14.2 million people between the ages of 30-69 years die each year prematurely from diseases which are preventable. Risk factors for these diseases include tobacco use, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity," said Rob Moodie, professor from University of Melbourne's School of Population Health.

"There is a common view that only people in wealthy nations die from NCDs (non-communicable diseases by which lifestyle diseases are known) but it is a new epidemic in low-to-middle income countries that needs to be addressed," added Moodie, according to a Melbourne statement.

Moodie said it was particularly concerning to be told recently by a surgeon at a hospital in Fiji that he was amputating a leg a day from patients suffering sepsis related to diabetes. "Seven trillion dollars of lost output in developed countries is attributable to NCDs," he said.

"We need to start looking at these new epidemics as they are major global problems that should have our attention," said Moodie, while addressing a seminar at the Burnet's Centre for International Health in 1995, which he helped found in Australia.

Source: IANS
First things first. "Made In Heaven" is the sexiest webseries India has produced, no doubt about i..
Facebook ruled out a cyber attack on its products Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger, which suffere..
IIT Roorkee organized an MoU exchanging ceremony between the Govt. of India Department of Scie..
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in consultation with the Finance Ministry plans to spli..
Startup City
India Accelerator, a GAN partnered, mentorship-driven, acceleration program hosted ‘The Inner Ci..
Hinduja Global Solutions here on Monday said it has set up a centre of excellence to train disable..
Enterprise IT
PayByPhone, the global leader in mobile parking payments, today announced that it will appoint And..
Chipset-making giant Qualcomm has listed chipsets such as Snapdragon 855, 845, 710, 675 and 67..
US Indian
An Indian-American teenager has been conferred with the 2019 National STEM (Science, Technolog..