‘Lifestyle’ diseases saddle poor countries

People aspires to gold paved roads and candy cane. Unfortunately the road is paved with potholes and tooth decay.

The article goes on to describe how in many poor countries, people are starting to suffer and die from diseases traditionally associated with a western lifestyle.

Chronic non-infectious diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes are increasing in places like Kenya, Nauru and Uganda.

The aspirational lifestyle is not tempered by health policy or health action. There’s nothing in the widely seen McDonalds view of the world that says you should eat less trans fat.


2 thoughts on “‘Lifestyle’ diseases saddle poor countries

  1. Hard thing is, they die like people in modern countries did 100 years ago maybe. And the consequence of more people dying due to those diseases won’t follow faster as they did in modern countries because of “no money”. Or not?

  2. Lifestyle drugs, I suspect will also be available in these countries. And they will be available for those that know about them and can afford them.

    So, these lifestyle diseases could be easier to bear, but like in the west, there are many people with diabetes and heart disease without treatment because they can’t afford the fixes, or they are just unaware that they have these problems. Until something ghastly happens to them.

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