Noncommunicable diseases

World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2014

87 million people are affected by diabetes in WHO’s South-East Asia Region making it a major health concern. Diabetes is increasingly affecting younger people and is a major cause of premature deaths.

Diabetes is a chronic disease which increases the risk of several conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. It also increases the risk of other diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. However, 80% of diabetes cases are preventable by adopting healthy lifestyles, like regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, as well as avoiding tobacco and alcohol.

The good news is that nearly 80% of diabetes cases can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyles, like regular physical activity, healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.

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