Nutrition pyramid. — Photo HealthGenie.in Facebook by Dr Phạm Vân Thúy* Presently, in developing countries including Việt Nam, non-communicable diseases have become more common than infectious ones. According to recent statistics by National Institute of Nutrition, 75 per cent of deaths in Việt Nam are caused by non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer or gout. National survey of adults showed that the rate of hypertension nearly doubled in 13 years, from 11.2 per cent in 1992 to 20.7 per cent 2005; the overweight-obesity rate doubled in five years, from 3.5 per cent in 2000 to 6.6 per cent in 2005 while the diabetes rate more than doubled in 10 years from 2.7 per cent in 2002 to 5.7 per cent in 2012. The rates are much higher in big cities than in rural areas. Improper nutrition is a leading factor causing the rapid rise of the majority of these non-communicable chronic diseases. A balanced diet is the key to your health because your body needs proper nutrition to function effectively. Without the right nutrition, your body might experience fatigue, poor performance, and is more prone to disease and infection. Dietary habits are typically established in childhood and carry on… Read full this story
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