Researchers from World Health Organisation (WHO) have just announced a rather staggering report on preventing death across the globe.
“Meeting risk-factor targets will lower premature mortality from the four main NCDs by accelerating the already decreasing mortality trends in cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lowering mortality from lung and stomach cancer, and reversing the rising trend in diabetes mortality”
Dr Majid Ezzati, PhD, of Imperial College London, and WHO colleagues, May 2014.
If we simply managed to hit achievable international targets on:
- tobacco smoking
- alcohol use
- salt intake
- blood pressure
- blood glucose
Then we would reduce the risk of dying prematurely from:
- cardiovascular diseases
- chronic respiratory diseases
This would stop 22% of premature deaths in men and 19% of premature deaths in women by 2025.