Washington (Agencies): The World Bank on Wednesday said that India in particular and South Asian countries in general are facing a ‘health crisis’ with rising rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other non communicable diseases (NCDs).

In its report "Capitalizing on the Demographic Transition: Tackling Non communicable Diseases in South Asia," the World Bank rates heart diseases as the leading cause of death in adults aged 15-69, and South Asians suffer their first heart attack six years earlier than other groups worldwide.

By 2030, cardiovascular diseases would come out as the main cause of death (36 per cent) in India.

The number of people with hypertension rose from 118.2 million in 2000 to 213.5 million by 2025, it said.

Among males, tobacco smoke is the major cause of COPD, while smoke from indoor combustion of solid fuels is the major cause for women.

Tobacco use is the major cause of cancer for both lung and oral cavity diseases.

As per the report, road traffic injuries and deaths are on the increase along with the rapid economic growth.

Annually, they result in more than 100,000 deaths, 2 million hospitalizations, and 7.7 million minor injuries.

Non-fatal road traffic injuries are highest among pedestrians, motorized two-wheeled vehicle users, and cyclists.

This is a major problem among young populations, with three-quarters occurring among 15 to 45 year olds, predominantly among men.

"If the present pace of increase continues, in 2010 150,000 deaths and 2.8 million hospitalizations are likely and, in 2015, these numbers will rise to 185,000 and 3.6 million," the report said.