Key Facts

The 4 main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases

cardiovascular disease is the number 1 cause of death throughout the world and in 2012 was responsible for the deaths of 17.5 million people, that is 3 in every 10 deaths. Of these, 7.4 million people died of ischaemic heart disease and 6.7 million from stroke.

Late diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes leaves people at risk of developing the serious complications of the condition, including stroke, heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and amputation

Diabetes UK estimates that there are up to 500,000 people in the UK who have diabetes but are not aware of it.

There are now 382 million people worldwide living with diabetes, according to new figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
More than half are in Asia and the Western Pacific, where 90-95% of cases are classed as Type-2, China is leading the world, with the disease now affecting more than 98 million people or about 10% of the population

China spent $17bn (£10.6bn) on diabetes last year. The disease may consume more than half of China’s annual health budget

India is closely trailing China, with an estimated 65.1 million diabetics.

In the UK, strokes are a major health problem. Every year, around 110,000 people have a stroke in England and it is the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.

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