Malaysians are Living Longer, but Not Necessarily Healthier

The life expectancy of Malaysians has increased from 71.2 in 1991 to 74.7 in 2016, much of this attributed to greater access to improving healthcare. Nevertheless, modern lifestyles have exacerbated certain diseases to a higher degree, compared to decades before. Non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, hypercholesterolaemia and hypertension have contributed to an estimated 73% of total deaths in Malaysia.

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