Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/14/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Smoking, alcohol listed in second and third place

A study conducted by international doctors looked at 43 risk factors for mortality in the 21st century. High blood pressure came in as the most likely contributing factor for death, with smoking and alcohol in second and third place, respectively. The study examined risk factors over the past 20 years. Obesity came in sixth place.

Dietary risk factors and physical inactivity collectively accounted for one tenth of DALYs in 2010, with the most prominent dietary risks being too much salt and not enough fruit.

Dietary risk factors and physical inactivity collectively accounted for one tenth of DALYs in 2010, with the most prominent dietary risks being too much salt and not enough fruit.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/14/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: High blood pressure, asthma, alcohol, smoking, obesity, study


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As a sign of the growing international problem of obesity, high body mass index was the biggest "climber," moving from tenth place in 1990 to sixth in 2010. More than three million deaths were attributable to excess body weight, more than three times as many as under-nutrition.

In both Australasia and southern Latin America, high BMI ranked as the leading risk factor.

As published in the medical journal The Lancet, an international consortium of scientists studied various risk factors as part of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.

"Overall we're seeing a growing burden of risk factors that lead to chronic diseases in adults, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and a decreasing burden for risks associated with infectious diseases in children," Professor Majid Ezzati, of Imperial College London said:

"But this global picture disguises the starkly different trends across regions.

"The risks associated with poverty have come down in most places, like Asia and Latin America, but they remain the leading issues in sub-Saharan Africa."

The number of deaths attributed to each risk factor and disability-adjusted life years, or DALYs, a unit that takes into account both years of life lost and years lived with disability.

"We looked at risk factors for which good data are available on how many people are exposed to the risks and how strong their effects are, so that our results can inform policy and programmatic choices," Professor Stephen Lim, of the University of Washington, said.

Smoking, including second-hand smoke, was the risk factor with the biggest burden in western Europe and high-income North American countries, and accounted for 6.3 million deaths worldwide in 2010.

Dietary risk factors and physical inactivity collectively accounted for one tenth of DALYs in 2010, with the most prominent dietary risks being too much salt and not enough fruit.

"The good news is there are lots of things we can do to reduce disease risk," Professor Ezzati says.

"To bring down the burden of high blood pressure, we need to regulate the salt content of food, provide easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and strengthen primary healthcare services.

"Under-nutrition has come down in the ranking because we've made a lot of progress in many parts of the world.

"This should encourage us to continue those efforts and to replicate that success in Africa, where it's still a major problem."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Health

Ebola can stay virulent on unclean surfaces for SEVEN WEEKS, scientists say Watch

Image of  Under certain conditions -- Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa and make inroads in both Europe and the United States, an even more disheartening fact has been learned from experiments conducted four years ago. Under certain conditions -- Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO ... continue reading


Tired of invasive colon tests? The Mayo Clinic may just have what you need Watch

Image of The Mayo Clinic has a new test for colon cancer that is less invasive or arduous than previous screening tests.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new test from the Mayo Clinic may help those who find colon cancer screenings too invasive or arduous. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The test is the first to look for cancer-causing genes in the DNA of a patient's stool, and was approved by the Food and Drug ... continue reading


Dallas nurse declared free of Ebola disease Watch

Image of

By CNA/EWTN News

Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "I feel fortunate and ... continue reading


People infected with Ebola sails past 10,000 mark - and half of them have died Watch

Image of The country hardest hit by the epidemic, Liberia, has compelled U.S. forces to build desperately needed treatment centers and help bring in aid.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It continues to spread unabated - according to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola. Of those infected, nearly half of them have died. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The rapidly rising death toll is occurring ... continue reading


Quarantined Ebola-positive doctor used subway, went to bowling alleys Watch

Image of Dr. Craig Spencer, an American doctor living in New York City, is under quarantine after testing positive for the Ebola virus.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Dr. Craig Spencer, an American doctor living in New York City, is under quarantine after testing positive for the Ebola virus, officials are frantically tracking his steps throughout the city in order to see who could have been exposed. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


While death rates fall, tuberculosis still leaves millions stricken Watch

Image of The WHO said that insufficient funding was hampering efforts to combat the disease. An estimated $8 billion was needed each year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For a completely curable disease, tuberculosis continues its deadly worldwide toll. The World Health Organization says that about 1.5 million people died in 2013 from TB, including 360,000 people who were HIV positive. The organization estimates that there are ... continue reading


Have we passed the tipping point? Drug resistant tuberculosis could kill millions Watch

Image of Tuberculosis, also known as the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that multidrug resistant tuberculosis (TB) is reaching a tipping point, with about 480,000 new cases having occurred this year. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The lung disease killed nearly 1.5 million people ... continue reading


What's the biggest danger in your home? It will shock and disgust you Watch

Image of Kitchen towels in your home may be the biggest danger to the health of you and your family.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The biggest danger in your house aren't stairs, bugs or chemicals, but actually may be hand towels kept in the kitchen. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kitchen towels may spread food poisoning, bacteria or other dangerous microorganisms around your home without any ... continue reading


NOT long enough: Ebola could lay dormant in the body for longer than 21 days, expert claims Watch

Image of Biology Professor Charles Hass, who has vast experience of analyzing the risk of transmitting biological pathogens, said

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study warns that the recommended 21-day quarantine period for the Ebola virus is not long enough to contain the spread of the disease. While the World Health Organization advises the incubation period for the virus is between two and 21 days, scientists ... continue reading


Nurse says Texas Presbyterian Hospital was chaotic and filthy during Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, reacted very poorly when it discovered that they had been treating a Liberian man with Ebola. According to a nurse who has since come forward, safety regulations were blithely ignored, contaminated linens and waste ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Philippians 1:1-11
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 Alleluia! I give thanks to Yahweh with all my ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 14:1-6
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 31st, 2014 Image

St. Wolfgang
October 31: Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter