November 19, 2012

How important is your HEALTH????????????????

 
    “Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering."
Francois Rabelais (1494 – 1553) – a major French Renaissance writer, doctor and Renaissance humanist.


Our physical appearance is a reflection of our state of health. Being overweight is an indication of a highly toxic body due to poor digestion and blood circulation and an inefficient defecation cycle. It is also a manifestation of an unhealthy lifestyle characterized by a high cholesterol diet and a sedentary lifestyle.


When one is showing signs of aging, it is a warning that the body is starting to deteriorate and is becoming a sure candidate to chronic diseases, cardiovascular and heart problems. Hence, managing our health is essential to sustain ourselves, not just to look good but also for us to function at our peak while doing our daily activities.
Karibuni wadau katika semina ya Afya, mtapata kujua mbinu na mikakati ya jinsi ya kuepukana na magonjwa kama Kisukari, Kiarusi, Kansa, Magonjwa ya moyo,


  
“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world.”

Of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, that is 36 million, or 63%, were due to non-communicable diseases, very unfortunate that 29% of these premature deaths occurred in the low and middle income countries before the age of 60.  

But WHO says that, “eighty percent of premature heart diseases, stroke, and diabetes can be prevented.” 

This invisible epidemic is an under-appreciated cause of poverty and hinders the economic development of many countries, Tanzania included. The burden is growing - the number of people, families, companies and communities afflicted is increasing.

Let’s look at fact sheet for each NCDs:-

 DIABETES
v  347 million people worldwide have diabetes1.
v  In 2004, an estimated 3.4 million people died from consequences of high blood sugar.
v  More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
v  WHO projects that diabetes deaths will increase by two thirds between 2008 and 2030
v  The burden of diabetes is increasing globally, particularly in developing countries

CANCER.

v   Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008 (1).
v   Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.
v   About 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.
v   Cancer causing viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
v  About 70% of all cancer deaths in 2008 occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
v   Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs)

v  CVDs are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
v  An estimated 17.3 million people died from CVDs in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.3 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were due to stroke.
v  Low- and middle-income countries are disproportionally affected: over 80% of CVD deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries and occur almost equally in men and women.
v  By 2030, almost 25 million people will die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke. These are projected to remain the single leading cause of death.
v  Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity, raised blood pressure, diabetes and raised lipids.
v  7.5 million Deaths each year, or 13% of all deaths can be attributed to raised blood pressure. This includes 51% of deaths due to strokes and 45% of deaths due to coronary heart disease.
v  In 2008, diabetes directly contributed to 1.3 million deaths.

OBESITY/ OVERWEIGHT

v  Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
v  In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
v  65% of the world's populations live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
v  More than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010.
v  Obesity is preventable.


World Health Organization says, “The NCD threat can be overcome using existing knowledge.”

As legend Greek dramatist, Menander (342–291 BC) said,
 “Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.”

Edmark International through its Edmark Education System is providing thus  SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE for FREE on how to overcome this epidemic, we believe together WE CAN.  No entrance fee, but its better you book your space earlier to avoid inconveniences. Call: 0784475576
NB: The seminar will be presented in both languages English and Swahili

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