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December 30, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 pm


The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is rapidly increasing in India, posing a significant public health challenge. This shift from infectious diseases to NCDs demands urgent attention.

Status of NCDs in India:

  • In 2019, a WHO report titled ‘Invisible Numbers’ revealed that a staggering 66% of deaths in India were attributed to NCDs.
  • The country is grappling with 101 million diabetics, 136 million with prediabetes, and an impending 57.5% rise in cancer incidence by 2040.
  • NCDs pose a substantial economic burden, with an estimated cost of $4.58 trillion between 2012 and 2030, as per the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Causes of the NCD Epidemic:

  • Behavioural Risk Factors: Unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and increased use of tobacco and alcohol contribute significantly to the NCD surge.
  • Genetic Predisposition: Some individuals are genetically inclined toward conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle: A sedentary lifestyle fosters stress, anxiety, and depression, exacerbating the NCD crisis.

Government Initiatives:

The government has taken significant steps to address the NCD challenge:

National Programmes:

  • The National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Stroke.
  • The 75/25 initiative, aiming to screen and provide standard care for 75 million individuals with hypertension and diabetes by 2025.

Individual Preventive Measures:

To combat NCDs, individuals can take the following proactive steps:

  • Incorporate Natural Movement: Embrace natural movement, like walking instead of commuting, to enhance cardiovascular fitness and overall health.
  • Choose ‘Slow Food’: Opt for wholesome, well-balanced meals over fast food, promoting better nutrition and overall well-being.
  • Regular Health Check-ups: Prioritize comprehensive health check-ups to detect and address potential health issues.
  • Promote Health Conversations: Foster open conversations about health at dinner tables and water coolers, encouraging a culture of well-being among colleagues and loved ones.


The rising wave of NCDs in India necessitates a collective and individual response. While government initiatives are crucial, empowering individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices is equally vital. By understanding the root causes, promoting preventive measures, and engaging in open health conversations, we can collectively steer India towards a healthier future. The responsibility lies not only with the government but also with every citizen committed to shaping a healthier society.


December 30, 2023
7:30 am - 11:30 pm
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