Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the world’s largest killer, causing almost 70% of deaths worldwide (38 million) annually. They are also diseases of inequality, with nearly 75% of all NCD deaths afflicting people in low- and middle-income countries.
These diseases, and their subsequent significant burden on society, could largely be prevented by focusing on the risk factors.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the world's leading cause of death, responsible for 70% of deaths globally.
Risk factors increase the likelihood of developing a disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the primary risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are: