Health minister: Heart disease Iran's biggest killer
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 19/Trend M. Moezzi
Half of Iranians suffer from osteoporosis and osteopenia according to the Iranian health minister.
At a meeting of national networks for diabetes and osteoporosis research Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi said 60 percent of all deaths in Iran are due to non-infectious diseases, the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) reports.
Iranians' biggest killers are heart and circulatory diseases which claim 45 percent of all deaths in the country followed by cancer with a 12 percent share of death rate, said the minister. Lung disease and other illnesses like diabetes make up 4 to 5 percent of the deaths in Iran while the rest is due to auto accidents.
Given the statistics, said Ms. Dastjerdi, developing a plan of attack against non-infectious disease is crucial for the country.
Iran's Outlook Document expects the Iranian population to be the healthiest in the region by 2025, said the minister. That will require working with research networks across the country.