Prevention of opportunistic non-communicable diseases

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Maria H Hegelund, Daniel Faurholt-Jepsen, Ib C Bygbjerg

As strategies targeting undernutrition and infections become increasingly successful in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a second challenge has appeared, namely premature onset of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In LMICs, NCDs are often related to exposure to undernutrition and infections. As NCDs strike societies and individuals with impaired resistance or a deficient health (care) state, why not label such diseases 'opportunistic', in analogy with opportunistic infections attacking individuals with HIV? We propose the concept of opportunistic NCDs, hoping that fighting against infections, and for better maternal and child health, is becoming acknowledged as essential for the early prevention of NCDs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Health
Number of pages2
ISSN1876-3413
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

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