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WHO reports 36 million deaths world wide due to chronic diseases

Reports from World Health Organization (WHO), shows that 36 million deaths occurs world wide due to chronic diseases such as heart diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes and serious measures has to be taken to prevent this // in the next 10 years. The main factors which are responsible for the cause of the diseases is Tobacco, poor diet, in sufficient exercise, people eating more food rich in fats and sugars, doing less activity due to work and living situations. The incidence is more in low and middle-income countries working in government; private industries and also ordinary people are mostly affected, now measures has to be taken to reduce the number of deaths. The report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on Brazil, Canada, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the UK and the United Republic of Tanzania.

Simple measures could be used to tackle these factors, such as reducing salt in processed foods, improving school meals and taxing tobacco products, the report says.

The WHO says cutting deaths from chronic disease would also help countries' economies by cutting the cost of treatment and lost productivity caused by premature deaths, with the accumulated cost to China could be up to US$558 billion, to India US$236 billion, and to the Russian Federation US$303 billion, according to the WHO. The report estimates that over the next 10 years, almost five million people in the UK will die from chronic diseases, with a cost to the economy of US$33 billion dollars (£18.8 billion).

Dr Jong-wook Lee, WHO Director General, said:

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