Chronic non-communicable disease

· Volume 6 Issue 1

In its 2014 Global Status Report on non-communicable diseases, WHO reporting on 2012 data indicated that 56 million deaths occurred that year of which 68.0% were due to non-communicable causes. In Australia, chronic disease accounts for 90.0% of all deaths and in China that figure is 79.0%. Globally and in both Australia and China the four commonest forms of NCD are cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease (mostly smoking related), and type 2 diabetes (often obesity related). WHO predicts that over the next 10 years over 80 million people in China will die from chronic diseases and that deaths from diabetes will increase by 50.0%.