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New data show countries around the world grappling with changing health challenges
Date:3/4/2013

ued by new, deadly ailments as young adults. In Russia, HIV/AIDS, suicide, and cirrhosis and other alcohol-related disorders have placed a huge burden on health for young adults, according to GBD 2010 estimates. In Colombia and other parts of Central and South America, violence was the number one killer of young men. Even in Japan, which has one of the best health records in the world, suicide became one of the top causes of death among young women in 2010.

People who live into older adulthood are impacted by a range of complex health issues, many of which are disabling but not deadly. In Brazil, and in many countries, low back and neck pain, and other musculoskeletal problems cause a disproportionate amount of disability and health burden. Depression, anxiety, and migraines are other leading ailments in countries rich and poor. In the US, longer life spans have been accompanied by a tremendous increase in the health burden due to Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is now the number 12 cause of health burden in the US, and the number four cause of death. Other wealthy countries have witnessed similar rises.

Health is increasingly being eroded preventable risks that cause lung ailments, musculoskeletal stress, and obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. For example, in Kuwait, the three leading risk factors associated with poor health are high body mass index, dietary risks, and high blood sugar; the burden of disability and premature death associated with each of these is climbing, as are the burdens from heart disease and diabetes. In Thailand, the number of years of disability and premature death attributable to high body mass index increased by 208% between 1990 and 2010. In South Africa, the number went up by 130%.

"Countries have an opportunity with these new GBD visualization tools to narrow their focus on the problems that can be addressed and must be addressed," said Dr. Ali Mokdad, one of the GBD researchers and a Professor o
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Contact: Rhonda Stewart
stewartr@uw.edu
206-861-6684
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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