Over 23 million Vietnamese suffer non-communicable diseases

VOV.VN - Roughly 23 million Vietnamese people are suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are the leading cause of death in the country, revealed Prof. Nguyen Lan Viet, vice president of the Vietnam National Heart Association, at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 22.

Viet quoted statistics compiled by the Ministry of Health in 2021 and Globocan, an online database providing global cancer statistics, saying 17 million local people were suffering from high blood pressure, 4.6 million having diabetes, 1.5 million having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 354,000 living with cancer.

He said NCDs typically cause 80% of deaths annually, with 41% dying before the age of 70, and account for 74% of financial burden for disease treatment.

The professional pointed out that one of the main causes for the increase in cases is people's poor awareness of cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking prevention. In addition, people have imbalanced diets, leading to an increasing number of overweight people.

In order to avoid these NCDs, Prof. Viet urged people to follow a healthy lifestyle, eat a proper diet, maintain their weight, stop smoking, and drinking alcohol products. One of the steps encouraged by the professional is doing physical activities every day.