‘60% Bangladeshis die of non-communicable diseases every year’ | The Daily Star
05:47 PM, May 29, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:17 PM, May 29, 2019

‘Non-communicable diseases cause 60% deaths every year in Bangladesh’

Health Minister Zahid Malik says

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) cause sixty per cent deaths every year in Bangladesh, Health Minister Zahid Malik said today.

The minister said this at a press conference while revealing findings of a survey titled “Bangladesh NCD risk factor survey 2018” at his office this afternoon.

The six risk factors of NCD are smoking, consuming less than five servings of fruits and vegetable on average per day, insufficient physical labour, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the minister said in his speech.

Among the six, 70.9 per cent people in the country has at least two of the risk factors. Among the total male population, 68.5 per cent while 73.1 percent of the female population has two of the six risk factors, according to the survey.

Seventy percent people of Bangladesh are suffering from high blood pressure, the minister also revealed.

Among the total population, 70.8 per cent never measured the blood glucose. Among the male population the 73.6 per cent never measured glucose while 68.5 percent female population never measured it, the survey says.

Among the Bangladeshi people, 20.3 per cent are overweight. Of the male population, 15.8 per cent are overweight while 25 per cent of the women are overweight.

Five and a half per cent of the total population are suffering from obesity. Among the male, 2.3 per cent are obese and among female 8.7 per cent are obese.

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