Over 95 per cent of the world's population has health problems

8 June 2015

New analysis has found that the vast majority of people across the world have health problems (95 per cent), while a third suffer from at least five ailments.

The findings, published in the Lancet, were conducted as part of the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2013 and found that as the global population grows, and the proportion of elderly people increases, the number of people living in suboptimum health is set to rise rapidly over coming decades.

Looking at 35,620 sources from 188 countries between 1990 and 2013, the study revealed the substantial toll of disabling disorders, as well as the 2,337 health consequences that result from one or more of these.

It also found that the proportion of lost years of healthy life rose from around a fifth (21 per cent) in 1990 to almost a third (31 per cent) in the latest analysis. 

According to Professor Theo Vos, lead author and professor of Global Health at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said: "Large, preventable causes of health loss, particularly serious musculoskeletal disorders and mental and behavioural disorders, have not received the attention that they deserve."

He said addressing these problems will require a "shift in health priorities" around the world to keep the elderly safe and healthy.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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