by Elizabeth Renter
November 3rd, 2013
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional body of the World Health Organization (WHO), has made an ambitious goal—to cut deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by the year 2025. In a promising statement of holistic health and prevention, the body said the top 4 causes of death in the Americas are preventable and have the same risk factors.
Addressing the top four killers—cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic respiratory disease—will take a concentrated effort. By identifying the risk factors, the PAHO is signaling their possible effort to prevent the diseases rather than simply mask them with Big Pharma solutions that do little but prolong the agony.
The PAHO identified the following common risk factors among the four diseases:
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Excess alcohol
- Tobacco use
Just how are they going to cut one-fourth of the deaths caused by these diseases in a little more than a decade? The PAHO has set out a list of objectives, most of them focused on prevention.
- Promote active lifestyles among adults and adolescents alike
- Reduce tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke
- Reduce the influence of marketing and advertising of unhealthy foods to children
- Involve additional sectors in the charge, including agriculture, trade, finance, labor, etc.
- Provide access to health services
- Improve access to medicines and technology for diagnosing and treating the diseases
- Improve monitoring of the diseases and risk factors in order to improve interventions
PAHO recognizes that these diseases are blamed for millions of lives each year. In the Americas, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease are faulted in about 75% of deaths—that’s 4.45 million each year. In fact, one other report shows that America has the highest rate of “death from all causes” than 16 other developed nations. We must be doing something wrong.
And the poor seem to be hit the hardest.
Continue reading at America Hopes to Cut Preventable Disease Deaths by 25% by 2025 : Natural Society.