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Jakarta Post

Unhealthy lifestyles give rise to new killer diseases

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 8 2011   /  11:58 am

The unhealthy lifestyles of a growing number of Indonesians, coupled with poor awareness in monitoring their health have resulted in a creeping wave of degenerative diseases in the country.“It’s time for us to combat non-communicable diseases due to the fact they severely affect public health by increasing mortality rates and causing disabilities,” Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said.A 2007 Basic Health Study (Riskesdas 2007) said cardiovascular diseases and diabetes were among major causes of death in the country.The study, updated last year, found that smoking-related diseases were also another major health challenge, with 28.2 percent of Indonesian aged 15 and older puffing away. Indonesians start smoking at an average age of 17.6 years old.Endang admitted the government had focused most attention on combating infectious diseases and had neglected the potential dange...