Non-communicable Diseases

Non-communicable Diseases

Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) cannot be passed from person to person. They are chronic in nature and generally slow in progression. The four main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. In Wales, the burden of disease from NCDs in those aged between 30 and 70 has decreased in recent years from 385 people per 100,000 population in 2005-07 to 319 people per 100,000 in 2013-15 (Public Health Wales, 2018). Harmful health related behaviours including tobacco use, unhealthy diets, excess alcohol use and physical inactivity all increase the risk of developing and dying from a NCD.

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