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Jakarta Post

Welcoming the age of disease prevention

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Sat, December 17 2011   /  11:35 am

While Indonesia’s socioeconomic status is improving, more people in the country are suffering from degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular problems that are becoming the number one killer.

Most degenerative diseases are related to unhealthy lifestyles such as a sedentary life, smoking, junk food consumption, a high intake of salt and carbohydrates and a lack of exercise.

Those lifestyles are modifiable risk factors for degenerative disease and the government can directly intervene through preventive health actions.

The government should further act by issuing regulations, building infrastructure and promoting healthy lifestyles. The positive impact of these initiatives is not only for society’s sake but also for the government itself as it will curb the curative health budget.

In terms of regulation, Indonesia can emulate Denmark which has introduc...