Diabesity in the Era of the Hapo Study
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the cause of almost 63% of deaths worldwide. More than 90% of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries and could have been prevented. The 66thWorld Health Assembly endorsed the WHO Global Action Plan for prevention and control of NCDs (2013-2020) focusing on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic pulmonary diseases and diabetes which make the largest contribution to overall death rate having also a huge economic and social cost. The Global Plan recognizes that conditions in which people live and work and their lifestyles influence their health and quality of life.1
Obesity is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes and represents a global epidemic causing 2, 8 million of deaths each year. Risks of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and type 2 Diabetes increase proportionally with Body mass index (BMI), but it also increases the risk of cancer of the breast, endometrium, colon, kidney and gall bladder. Read more . . .