Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths, and 82% of the 16 million people who died prematurely, or before reaching 70 years of age, occur in low- and middle-income countries.The rise of NCDs has been driven by primarily four major risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.The epidemic of NCDs poses devastating health consequences for individuals, families and communities, and threatens to overwhelm health systems. The socioeconomic costs associated with NCDs make the prevention and control of these diseases a major development imperative for the 21st century.WHO’s mission is to provide leadership and the evidence base for international action on surveillance, prevention and control of NCDs. Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of NCDs.
Fortunately (just from a timing perspective for this page) the WHO started to work on the issues and organized a big conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, where representatives from all over this globe gathered and managed to hammer out a "Roadmap" for the governments of the world to fight the stated issues. See Conference Logo on the right. This roadmap you will find in the download section below. Key statements as a result of this conference were as follows:
I must say- I do like the Causation Pathway at the introduction of this article (top image). The underlying determinants, I believe, nobody is going to argue about. Neither can the Common Risk Factors be dismissed as illogical- of course they matter most, although my experiences (and those of many others) on what "a healthy diet" is, will be quite different from mainstream thinking. Thereto I certainly also believe hereditary DNA can be switched off and on depending on lifestyle. The Intermediate Risk Factors can also "in general" be accepted, except maybe that the "abnormal blood lipids" bit, which certainly refers to the "good and bad" cholesterol conundrum, which has its roots in Ancel Keys manipulation of data, causing massive Big Pharma activities, using unproven surrogate (and incorrect) hypothesis to be used. Anyway, one can also give a different meaning to "Abnormal Blood Lipids" and will be spot on as to being an important "Intermediate Factor" to prevent premature death from the Killer Disorders.
Summary Common Risk Factors.
Of the stated Common Risk Factors- heridity (non- modifiable as per WHO (?)) will not be discussed any further in Fas´Actions, since I already covered that in the "About me" section as well as the Epigenetics article. Age- of course non-modifiable as per WHO in respect of the number of eclipses around the sun, will be a substantial part of this page in the future, which I will cover in a separate section- Anti-aging- I guess, will certainly include Adult Stem Technology going forward (my absolute specialty)
The remaining three Common Risk Factors, Unhealthy Diet, Alcohol and Tobacco (the latter combo, which I will classify under the heading: Addiction) and physical activity will be covered in detail in the following articles.
Summary Intermediate Risk Factors.
The stated intermediate factors, obesity, blood pressure, glucose serum levels and abnormal lipid profile, I will simply partially re-define as to what, I think, matters most in reversing serious unhealthy conditions and maintaning homeostasis of the body whilst aging healthy and with a good quality of life. The last part, enjoying life and not suffering and being in any pain with mental clarity until the end, must be the objective and goal for folks getting beyond their retirement age.
These are certainly also my goals.