THE trend of non-communicable diseases (NCD) continues to increase over the years and unless arrested through collaboration between government and society, the trend will have a devastating effect on our nation.
These were the words of divisional medical officer northern Doctor Pablo Romakin while highlighting preventative measures of NCDs during World Diabetes Day in Labasa yesterday.
"As an individual, one can take a strong stand and quit smoking, eat healthy and balanced diet which is low in fat, sugar and salt and control the consumption of grog and alcohol," he said.
"Be more physically active, take aerobics exercises and drink at least six to eight litres of water everyday.
"If someone is already suffering from NCDs, he or she can keep the blood pressure and diabetes under control by taking medications every day and visit the clinics every three months," said Dr Romakin.