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World Health Day: How to steer clear of lifestyle diseases

  • Ruth Ninajanty

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:32 am

Today’s modern lifestyle reflects a desire to have everything instantly. With modern technology, most tasks suddenly get done faster and more easily.

What many don’t realize, is that the change in lifestyle also triggers illnesses that afflict people of the younger generation, whose busy schedule and career focus often prevents them from living healthily.

Non-communicable diseases, as they are often called, are a worldwide concern. According to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), these diseases are responsible for almost 70 percent of deaths globally, with cardiovascular diseases being the primary culprit, followed by cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

The WHO data is slightly different from what’s published in the last Primary Healthcare Survey (Riskesdas), which was released by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health in 2013, where hyperte...