Skip to comments.Three public health interventions could prevent 94 million premature deaths
Posted on 06/16/2019 5:26:57 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
A worldwide effort to lower people's blood pressure, cut their sodium intake, and eliminate trans fat from their diet could dramatically reduce the incidence of premature death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) over a quarter century, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Researchers used global data from multiple studies and the World Health Organization in making their calculations.
They estimated that scaling up treatment of high blood pressure to 70% of the world's population could extend the lives of 39.4 million people. Cutting sodium intake by 30% could stave off another 40 million deaths and could also help decrease high blood pressure, a major risk factor for CVD. And eliminating trans fat could prevent 14.8 million early deaths.
More than half of all delayed deaths, and two-thirds of deaths delayed before age 70, are projected to be among men, who have the highest numbers of noncommunicable disease deaths globally, researchers found.
The researchers acknowledged that scaling up the three interventions would be a "huge challenge," requiring countries to commit additional resources to boost health care capacity and quality. But they added that previous analyses have shown that the interventions are achievable and affordable. For example, a Kaiser Permanente program in Northern California increased control of hypertension to 90% among thousands of the health system's patients between 2001 and 2013, using strategies such as improved treatment protocols, patient-friendly services, and healthcare information systems that facilitate tracking people with hypertension. Similar approaches have been adapted and tested in some low- and middle-income countries, leading to notable improvements in hypertension treatment and control, the authors said.
"These are realistic goals that have been shown to be attainable on smaller scales," said Danaei. "We need the commitment to scale up the programs to achieve them globally."
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We have too many FReepers not watching these concerns, but they can be life changing and keep us solid over many years.
Doesn’t make sense.
The world is overpopulated.
Premature death seems like a good thing
Stop trying to save us.
Save mother Gaia...
They can advise, recommend, but better not force it upon people, “all for our own good.”
Your screen name is (in every possible way) dishonest.
Five leading preventable causes of death are obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer...
But your screen name perfectly fits you!
I recall that sodium intake has been shown to be irrelevant *unless* you already have problems with high blood pressure.
This seems to be stating the reverse.
Cancer is preventable?
Other than *maybe* smoking, how so?
As long as the interventions are voluntary. Im always skeptical when things are pushed by government.
But, knowing the way technocrats operate, they will become compulsory. Then the interventions will become ineffective and harmful, all according to plan.
I provided this to help encourage FReepers with simple things can help a lot.
“5 preventable leading causes of death are obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer”
Genetics has more to do with these than anything else.
On the margins, sure, we can alleviate some through better choices.
But if your genes say it’s your time, all the medical care in the world will do very little good.
Besides, without chocolate donuts, why live anyway?
Excess sodium upsets the K-Na osmotic balance your kidneys use to draw water out of your bloodstream. Excess sodium results in extra fluid retention, and that increases blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the causes of kidney failure.
Think of the green house gases those 94 million people won’t produce.
There’s been three ongoing, long term studies of groups that are primarily vegetarian- Loma Linda (7th Day Adventist), Okinawa, and one African tribe whose name escapes me. They all have very low incidences of cancer and cardio-vascular disease. The doc who runs the NutritionFacts.org website often refers to these studies.
I have heard the same.
About 15% of people are salt sensitive. For the rest of us, studies showed that people getting under 3,000 mg or greater than 6,000 mg of sodium had a higher rate of death than those between 3,000 - 6,000.
I think it was referred to as a U or V shaped death curve.
Over the 16-year follow-up period, the researchers observed that the participants who consumed under 2,500 milligrams of sodium each day had higher blood pressure than those who consumed higher quantities of sodium.
The results seem counterintuitive. As the authors write: "While we expected dietary sodium intake to be positively associated with both SBP [systolic blood pressure] and DBP [diastolic blood pressure], the opposite was found."
Certain kinds are linked to alcohol and obesity, also optimizing Vit D levels is felt to reduce the risk.
The older I get the more I realize you should live it up while you’re young and check out before things get to bad. What’s the point of living to 100? Your body is worn out, everyone you used to know is dead and it would be a shame to get to the old folks home with no crazy stories to tell.
did you forget your sarc tag? much false in what you wrote.
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