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High blood pressure no. 1 risk for early death globally


A new study, which made an analysis of the 79 risks for early death in 188 countries, has revealed that high blood pressure, smoking and alcohol use are some of the leading risks associated with death in the US, Independent online reports.

The research study was conducted by international researchers working on the GBD project and led by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The study is titled "Global, regional and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational and metabolic risks or clusters of risks in 188 countries 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2013".

The risk factors examined in the study were responsible for 30.8 million deaths globally in 2013.

"There's great potential to improve health by avoiding certain risks like smoking and poor diet as well as tackling environmental risks like air pollution," said IHME director Dr Christopher Murray, according to Independent online.

"The challenge for policy-makers will be to use what we know to guide prevention efforts and health policies," he said.

The study was published in The Lancet.

According to the study, the top risks associated with the deaths of both men and women in 2013 globally were blood pressure, smoking, high body mass index and high fasting plasma glucose.  High blood pressure was the No.1 risk factor for global deaths in 2013.

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