What is non-communicable disease?
A non-communicable disease, or NCD, is a medical condition or disease which by definition is non-infectious and non-transmissable between persons. NCDs may be chronic diseases of long duration and slow progression, or they may result in more rapid death such as some types of sudden stroke.
What kind of diseases are examples of non-communicable disease?
They include autoimmune diseases, heart disease, stroke, many cancers, asthma, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, and more.
How do I distinguish between non-communicable disease and any other disease?
NCDs are distinguished only by their non-infectious cause, not necessarily by their duration. These require chronic care management as do all diseases that are slow to develop and of long duration.
What are the key non-communicable diseases and how can I prevent or treat them?
- Department of Health
- World Health Organisation
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