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    Chronic Diseases on the Rise in China

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    More Chinese people are facing the challenge of chronic health problems that go along with unhealthy lifestyle habits. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory diseases are on the rise and the leading cause of mortality in China.

    A plate of greasy noodles, vodka-like alcohol, and a cigarette for lunch—this appears to be a typical lunch for middle-class Chinese.

    Unhealthy diet and habits coupled with sedentary work and lack of exercise are contributing to many chronic health problems in China.

    As China moves from a mainly poor, rural community to a richer, urban society, chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes become the leading cause of death—heart disease and cancer, the two top killers.

    The World Health Organization states that chronic diseases are the cause of more than 80 percent of deaths in China in 2008.

    China Daily reported the Chinese Health Ministry Deputy Director said several months ago that chronic illnesses account for 85 percent of all deaths in China.

    The prevention of chronic illnesses is expensive. A July World Bank report states that lowering the death rate of heart diseases by one percent a year over 30 years could cost as much as $11 trillion or 68 percent of China's 2010 GDP.