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[Comment] Non-communicable diseases and climate change: linked global emergencies

20:58 EDT 1 Aug 2019 | The Lancet

In the annual University College London–Lancet Global Health Lecture in April, 2019, we called for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to be regarded as a global emergency and we compared the spread of NCDs to climate change, a global emergency of unprecedented proportion. This is not hyperbole—there is ample reason for that claim. NCDs present an overwhelming and widespread threat to populations globally and cause more than 70% of global deaths.1 Worldwide, there are more than 1·1 billion people who have high blood pressure, almost 800 000 people die from suicide annually, 425 million adults have diabetes, and about 40% of adults are overweight or obese.

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