Poor Diet Clubbed With High BP Cause For Global Deaths: Study

April 26, 2023 9:12 pm82 commentsViews: 193

Researchers from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington and University of Melbourne have come up with an answer to long life after concluding a recent study.

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It is said death and longevity lies in ones hand. They studied a total of 79 risk factors for global death taken place between 1990 and 2013. It was found the top factors were high body mass index (BMI), high fasting plasma glucose, smoking and high blood pressure and not poor sanitation, unsafe drinking water, child malnutrition and maternal malnutrition as thought of.

In 2013 there were about 31 million deaths globally in 188 countries due to the top risk factors. In 1990 the death figure was 25 million.

According to IHME director Dr Christopher Murray, improving health is very much possible if people can avoid risks like poor diet, smoking and environmental pollution.

In the US the deaths mostly occur due to conditions linked with high fasting plasma glucose and high body mass index.

The researchers said in South and Southeast Asia the risk factor is household air pollution, in Middle East it is high body mass index, in Africa, sub-Saharan and Latin America it is unsafe water.

There is no shortcut to these problems, said study author Ali Mokdad, as there is no pill for it with which one can say it is done. Realistic goals need to be framed and people should start learning how to bring change in behaviors.

Mokdad is a professor of global health at IHME.

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