26 Feb HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE PREVALENCE OF NCDS WITH THE HELP OF OUR SCIENTISTS?
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE PREVALENCE OF NCDS WITH THE HELP OF OUR SCIENTISTS?
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are diseases that are caused by genes we inherit, environmental factors or a combination of both. They do not spread from person to person and typically progress slowly. They are preventable in most cases yet remain an overwhelming burden on healthcare providers and economies worldwide. Some examples are heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and haemoglobinopathies.
- Annually, 41 million people die from NCDs, that’s about 70% of all deaths globally
- Tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and air pollution are linked to 2/3 of NCD deaths
- 85% of deaths of people between the ages 30 and 69 years occur in low- and middle-income countries
- Every year, a staggering 1.6 million deaths can be attributed to insufficient physical activity
HOW DO WE HELP CREATING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES?
At the National level, preventative policies are the most cost-effective way to reduce the economic and healthcare burden of NCDs. However, as a person, you can take matters in your own hands. We have previously written why having a thalassemia test before pregnancy is advisable. Besides that, there are other tests, such as your blood contaminant level due to air pollution or diabetic status that will give you insights into your health. With this information, you are empowered to take preventative actions, such as make a change in your diet and lifestyle habits, reducing the risk of further disease development.
MAP Sciences works on personalising care and empowering people to take their health into their own hands with a simple finger pinprick sample. This is not just for individuals, we can screen large populations for diseases such as thalassaemia, sickle cell and (pre-)diabetes.
At MAP Sciences we can help build healthier societies and work towards eradicating diseases, especially in the countries where the most help is needed.
In one of our success stories, MAP Sciences have helped a lady to identify a rare case of poisoning helping to completely eliminate clinical symptoms she was having for over two years. Quoting Dr Martin Besser, Consultant Haematologist from Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth Hospitals: “MAP Sciences has helped as in the past in a very difficult patient to reach a diagnosis, which we couldn’t reach by any laboratory methods available to us inside the NHS, and we reached out to them because we knew that they had advanced diagnostic facilities for haemoglobin problems”.
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