Growing Burden of Lifestyle Diseases in Emerging Countries

10 Feb, 2016, 12:58 ET from Reportlinker

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing Burden of Lifestyle Diseases in Emerging Countries : The Healthcare and Life Sciences Growth Trajectory Beyond BRICS

While low and middle income group countries are typically characterized by a high burden of communicable diseases, the trend appears to be changing. By 2030, NCDs are expected to account for nearly 55% of the disease burden of these country groups. A growing middle aged population increases the risk of NCDs in the low and middle income country groups, especially Asia, Africa, and parts of Latin America. Growth in burden of NCDs—diabetes and cardiovascular diseases—not only calls for greater healthcare infrastructure and a larger healthcare workforce but also adequate preventive care. The initiatives of the government to develop eHealth in some countries open up avenues for investment in areas, such as tele-medicine, healthcare platforms and application software, and electronic health records.

Executive Summary

The global burden of disease is gradually shifting towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs). By 2030, non-communicable diseases are anticipated to be the cause of nearly % of global deaths, up from % in 2000.
The risk factors associated with communicable diseases have grown significantly over the last decade, with the growth in living standards in developing nations all over the world.
The prevalence of NCD risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity are anticipated to grow at a faster rate in developing countries compared to developed countries during 2015–2030. However, WHO member countries are expected to be proactive in controlling the risk factors per the targets set by the Global Monitoring Framework of the WHO.
Most of the developed countries of the world are having a high proportion of old age population; the developing countries in parts of Asia and Latin America are fast growing in terms of middle aged population. As the middle aged population is prone to suffer chronic conditions like Diabetes and heart diseases, the Asian and Latin American countries are at a risk of high growth in incidence of such diseases during 2015–2030.

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