Natural deaths in SA linked to unhealthy lifestyles
More than half of all natural deaths in the country can be linked to diseases resulting from unhealthy lifestyles.
CAPE TOWN - More than half of all natural deaths in the country can be linked to diseases resulting from unhealthy lifestyles.
Statistics South Africa info shows non-communicable diseases remain a serious problem.
The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) says this puts enormous pressure on South Africa’s health sector.
Stats SA has released data that indicates non-communicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension, were responsible for 55% of all deaths in 2015.
Doctor Guni Goolab, the principal officer of Gems, says globally, diseases like these are on the rise.
"Predominantly, the underlying factors related to these conditions is what we call ‘lifestyle-related diseases’. The way we eat and live our lifestyles has definitely contributed."
He says the incidence of these health conditions can be limited by such measures, such as a basic fitness regime and healthy diet.
"Moderate changes in our eating plans, like avoiding salt on our food and cutting back on carbohydrates, can make a big difference."
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)