Poor diet linked to one in five deaths

Last week the Lancet published a series of papers using data from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD). The GBD study collects data in 195 countries worldwide including the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Using the new data researchers found that a suboptimal diet was the second-leading risk factor for death and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs)*. This means that in 2016, a suboptimal diet was the cause of 18.8% of all deaths and 9.6% of all DALYs. More than half of the deaths and DALYs associated with a suboptimal diet were due to cardiovascular disease.

Diets low in whole grains and fruits, and high in salt were the most common dietary risk factors. High blood glucose, high body mass index (BMI) and high total cholesterol were all in the top 10 risk factors for death.

For more information on maintaining a healthy diet take a look at the Food Pyramid and Eatwell Guide.

*Disability adjusted life years is a measure of the burden of disease, expressed as the years lost to ill-health, disability or premature death.

Posted: 11/10/2017 08:24:14 by Anne Parle
Filed under: BMI, Diet, Fruit, Global burden of disease, Vegetables, Whole grains


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