July 2017: Detail
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have an opportunity to curb a rising noncommunicable disease (NCD) epidemic in their countries by addressing NCD risk factors among young people. The four main NCDs—cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases—share four key risk factors: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diets. These are all modifiable behaviors that are typically initiated or established during adolescence or young adulthood and set the stage for NCDs later in life. Young people in some LMICs already have high levels of these risk factors that are likely to rise further in the absence of action.