Οbesity is probably greater cause of death than smoking
A study by researchers at Cleveland Clinic and the University of New York Medical School found that obese people are at greater risk than smokers, as extra weight removes 47% more life years compared to smoking, and causes similar loss lifetime when compared to high blood pressure.
For the purposes of this study, data from 2014 were used and, as a result, obesity, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol were the main causes of life loss. According to the data, people who died could have been saved if they had timely changed their lifestyle.
In order to estimate the number of life years lost due to each of these causes (modifiable risk factors), the researchers looked at the change in mortality in a number of hypothetical American populations that each eliminated a risk factor, and also compared the results with a change in life years lost to a population that eliminated all modifiable risk factors.
According to what the lead author of the study, Dr. Glen Taksler from Cleveland Clinic, the modifiable risk factors for human behavior are a major cause of mortality. As he said, “the preliminary results of the study highlight the importance of weight loss, diabetes management and healthy eating in the US population.”
The results of the survey also show that efforts to stop smoking have taken place in recent years, as tobacco was at the top of the list of causes for premature loss of life 15 years ago.
Now, the three of the top five causes of death, as shown by the study, were diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, and these causes, according to experts, can be addressed and it is important for patients to understand that this treatment will it gives them years of life.
Reproduced from naftemporiki.gr