Panamanians over 40 mainly suffer from hypertension and diabetes

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  • Tue, 07/05/2016 - 17:52
Panamanians over 40 suffer mainly from hypertension and diabetes
  • Every year die 28 million people regarding chronicles illness in the world
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PANAMA CITY. - Hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia are the most common and deadly diseases in Panama, because of the unhealthy eating habits and sedentary ways of life.

The main cause of death in adults over 40 in Panama is Noncommunicable diseases, even over traumas and tumors.

"Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular affections are the most diagnosed", said the Health Prevention Census coordinator Julio García Valarini.

The Health Authorities’ second report this year revealed that the province of Colón, one of the poorest, showed the worst statistics in the sanitary sector.

From February 2016, until May 63.256 people were registered. Government goal is to have 50% of the people over 40 years old identified in 2019, which means about 700.000 people.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), low and middle income countries, where Panama belongs, have 75% of the rate of mortality because of Noncommunicable diseases. Every year 28 million people die due to chronicle illness in the world.

Valarini recognized that at some point the Health System is not going to be capable of facing the economic challenge of treatment expenses of these diseases.


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