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23 million Vietnamese suffer non-communicable diseases

23 million Vietnamese suffer non-communicable diseases

Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 14:05 GMT+7
23 million Vietnamese suffer non-communicable diseases
Prof. Nguyen Lan Viet, vice-president of the Vietnam National Heart Association, speaks at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City, November 22, 2022. Photo: T. Vuong / Tuoi Tre

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

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 were having diabetes, 1.5 million were having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and 354,000 were living with cancer.

He said NCDs typically cause 81 percent of deaths annually, with 41 percent of them dying before the age of 70, accounting for 74 percent of the financial burden for disease treatment.

There are many risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, improper nutrition, and lack of necessary daily physical activities.

In order to avoid these NCDs, Prof. Viet urged people to follow a healthy lifestyle, have a proper diet, keep their weight stable, and stop smoking and drinking alcohol products. 

One of the steps encouraged by the professional is doing physical activities every day.

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