New Delhi (NVI): People in India might be living longer now but the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continue to be a big drag on their health, so much so that a whopping 6.51 crore of them suffering from such ailments, according to the National Health Profile 2019.
The Profile says, approximately 6.51 crore people attended Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) clinics during the survey period over last year. Out of these, 6.19 per cent were diagnosed with hypertension, 4.75 per cent were diagnosed with diabetes, 0.16 per cent were diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases and 0.1 per cent were diagnosed with cancer.
According to the data, approximately 5.2 million people in the country lose their lives every year due to non-communicable diseases. All deaths in India was accounted for 61.8 per cent in 2016 in which heart disease was the leading cause of death, followed by cancer across the country.
In India, both of these diseases have risen sharply. The country has noted fifty per cent increase in heart diseases in the past 25 years while incidences of cancer in India were the third-highest in the world with the maximum number of cancer cases reported from China followed by United States in 2014. Cancer cases are expected to be double by 2040 to twenty lakh from 11.6 lakh cases in 2016, according to the official data.