Tobacco use triggers multi – morbidity among the elderly

The study defines multi-morbidity as the co-existence of at least two of these 12 selected NCDs in the same person. Researchers attached to Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies of Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences
and Technology here and Centre for Public Health, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi carried out the study.

Titled Pattern, correlates and implications of non-communicable disease multi-morbidity among older adults in selected Indian states: a cross-sectional study, its aim was to estimate the proportion of older adults with multi-morbidity, its correlates and implications, a release said here today. Dr K R Thankappan, Principal investigator of the study and Professor and Head of Achutha Menon Centre, said “tobacco-induced morbidity and multimorbidity is preventable through adequate tobacco control interventions.”

Through tobacco control, the physical and financial burden caused by non-communicable diseases in Kerala can be brought down to a large extent.”

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