Growing global burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases and an alarming situation in China.

You fa Wang, Hyunjung Lim, Yang Wu

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Abstract

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death globally, which kill more each year than all other causes combined. It is estimated that 63% of global total deaths were due to NCDs. Nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. China contributes the largest number of NCD patients and deaths. NCD rates have been increasing at an alarming rate over the past two decades in China and many other countries. Population-wide interventions can help reduce NCD burden and can be cost effective. Improved health care, early detection and timely treatment are also needed for reducing the impact of NCDs. Strong government commitment, adequate investment, and extensive involvement and collaboration of multiple diverse social sectors with health sectors are critical to fight the NCD burden in all countries, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-693
Number of pages6
JournalBeijing da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Peking University. Health sciences
Volume44
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 18 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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