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What are noncommunicable diseases?

Dr. Naresh Kumar Gupta Clinic

Dr. Naresh Kumar Gupta Clinic

  Model town lii, Delhi     Apr 26, 2019

   3 min     


Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are diseases of generally slow progression and long duration. It is a non spreadable disease which means it does not pass from one person to another.

There are four main types of noncommunicable disease.They include,

•Cardiovascular Diseases (such as stroke and heart attacks)

•Chronic Respiratory Diseases (like asthma and chronically obstructed pulmonary disease)



Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular diseases involve a range of conditions that affect the heart. It is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Cardiovascular diseases include heart infections, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, and heart rhythm problems.


The most common cause of cardiovascular disease includes atherosclerosis. This happens when the fatty deposits get accumulated in the arteries. Moreover, if you have diabetes or other health problems such as an infection, a virus, or a structural problem, you can trigger cardiovascular disease.


The common symptoms of the cardiovascular disease include,

•Cold sweat

•Pain in the chest

•Dyspnea or shortness of breath

•Fatigue and nausea

•Pain in the left shoulder, arms, jaw, elbows, or back

•Light-headed or faint

Chronic Respiratory Disease

They are a chronic disease that affects the structures of your lung. The most common chronic respiratory disease includes asthma, occupational lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary hypertension.


•Spinal cord injuries

•Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

•A chest injury




•Cystic fibrosis

•Alcohol misuse


•Muscular Dystrophy


The symptoms of chronic respiratory disease occur very slowly and are not noticeable at first. However, the common symptoms of this disease include,


•A daily headache

•Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing




•Coughing up mucous

•Rapid breathing

•Bluish tint to the skin, fingernails, or lips


Cancer involves diseases that result when there are changes in cellular cells. It leads to uncontrolled growth and division of cells. The most common type of cancer includes breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.


•Excess body weight

•Poor nutrition

•Heavy alcohol consumption

•Physical inactivity


•The symptoms that are associated with the cancer are:

•Unusual bleeding or discharge

•Changes in bowel or bladder habits

•Thickening or lump in the breast or another part of the body

•Noticeable change in a wart or mole

•A sore that does not heal

•Indigestion or difficulty swallowing

•A nagging cough or hoarseness


It is a health condition where your tendency to produce the required amount of insulin gets affected. Insulin plays an essential role in our body like moving glucose or sugar into the cells of your body from the blood. Diabetes is mainly of two kinds – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.



•A combination of genetic predisposition and additional environmental factors can trigger type 1 diabetes

•Insulin resistance

•High cholesterol

•Mental health disorders

•High blood pressure

•Polycystic ovary syndrome

•Certain medical conditions such as HIV infection


The common symptoms of diabetes are:

A sudden increase in hunger

•Blurred vision

•Increased thirst


•Dry mouth


•Unexplained weight loss

•Frequent urination or urinary infections

If you or someone you know is going through something similar, then remember that you are not alone. There are people and help that you can reach out to help you cope with these challenges. If you have a related question and want to consult with an expert then, you can find one near you on Medikoe. Medikoe is a platform that helps you connect with certified and experienced doctors or healthcare practitioner near you for the best in class medical advice and treatment.

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