An Australian study has reported surge in lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer among the developing nations which was once considered to affect only wealthy nations. "Globally 14.2 million people between the ages of 30-69 years die each year prematurely from diseases which are preventable. Risk factors for these diseases include tobacco use, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity," said Rob Moodie, professor from University of Melbourne's School of Population Health. "There is a common view that only people in wealthy nations die from NCDs (non-communicable diseases by which lifestyle diseases are known) but it is a new epidemic in low-to-middle income countries that needs to be addressed," added Moodie, according to a Melbourne statement. Moodie said it was particularly concerning to be told recently by a surgeon at a hospital in Fiji that he was amputating a leg a day from patients suffering sepsis related to diabetes. "Seven trillion dollars of lost output in developed countries is attributable to NCDs," he said. "We need to start looking at these new epidemics as they are major global problems that should have our attention," said Moodie, while addressing a seminar at the Burnet's Centre for International Health in 1995, which he helped found in Australia. Source: IANS << Smoking Water-pipe Is As Bad As Cigarettes Soft Music in Fast-Food Restaurants Make Customers Eat Less... >> Recommended Reading Quiz on Heart Attack The risk factors that work behind the scene before a heart attack are familiar to many. But do you realize the extent to which your lifestyle choices are putting your life at risk? Can you identify a heart attack when it occurs? Take our quiz ... READ MORE Diabetes – A Disease of the Rich and Poor Diabetes affects both the rich and the poor, although it has been recently labelled as a lifestyle disease. READ MORE Cancer Prevention thro' Lifestyle Changes Did u know that simple changes in lifestyle could lower your cancer risks? Find out how! READ MORE Lifestyle Paths to Heart Disease Heart disease can be of many types depending upon whether they involve the heart muscles or artery walls or heart beats. Bad lifestyle choices contribute to heart disease. READ MORE Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the Old Art of gardening can improve socializing and cognitive skills in children and elderly. As a therapy it benefits all, be it able or disabled, young or old. READ MORE The Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour! Whole wheat flour is rapidly gaining exposure for its rich nutritional value and being considered healthy, as opposed to all-purpose flour, maida. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Selfie Addiction Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) Drug - Food Interactions More News on: Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the OldThe Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour!