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Non-communicable diseases' figures alarm authorities

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (2 February) -- The increasing number of people with non-communicable diseases (NCD) is alarming.

Dra. Anabelle Yumang, regional coordinator for non-communicable disease and prevention and control program of the Department of Health (DOH XI) attributed this to the wrong medication intake of affected persons.

She said once the person has contracted with non-communicable disease the medication will be for a lifetime.

Unlike when the person is contracted with a disease that is communicable after taking the prescribe drugs like antibiotic the medication stops, she said.

Treating NCD is more expensive and will be forever, she stressed.

In Davao City the number one killer last year is cardio-vascular disease that is also an NCD even as she said that of the top ten killers in the city, four are NCDs.

But diabetes she said does not fall within the top ten last year but the number of cases is increasing.

The intake of salt also needs to be monitored, she said of which a person would only need 2.5 kilos per year or about 5 grams per day.

Yumang said that the government has embarked through DOH the healthy lifestyle program by following the food pyramid and exercise.

A study in 2003 indicated that only a small number of Filipinos or only 60 percent do exercise.

She said diet and exercise are two factors for a healthy lifestyle.

"One must also avoid smoking and drinking and diet must also be heavy on fruits and vegetables," she said.

Yumang advised to follow the 10,000 steps daily and walking for 30 minutes could be a good exercise. If one cannot do the 30-minute straight walking, one can do it per ten minutes for as long as the time required is met within the day. (PIA) [top]

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