As part of the Ministry of Health's awareness day at Sabah Al Salem Specialized Center titled "Awareness of noncommunicable diseases risk factors," an awareness day was organized.
Dr. Abeer Al-Bahouh, Director of the Department of Health Promotion, told reporters on the sidelines of the event that more than 70% of Kuwait's deaths are caused by chronic non-communicable diseases, featuring cardiovascular diseases with 41% of deaths, cancer with 15%, chronic respiratory diseases with 3%, and diabetes with 3%, according to a local Arabic newspaper.
According to her, obesity and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the country, contributing to over 1.7 million deaths per year. According to her, smoking, a poor diet, a lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol consumption are important risk factors for chronic diseases.
In addition to reducing the risk of development of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, regular physical activity offers significant health benefits.
According to her, Kuwait aims to achieve a 10% reduction in physical inactivity rates by 2026, adding that the general rate of smoking in Kuwait is 20.5%, with 39.2% of men and 3.3% of women smoking.