A study warns of a “compound epidemic” threatening the world


A global study on human health revealed that the world is facing a “storming storm” of increasing rates of chronic diseases, persistent infectious diseases and public health failures, which caused an increase in death rates during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study said that the outbreak of the Corona virus and the intertwining of the pandemic with a continuous global increase in chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes, in addition to environmental risks such as air pollution, exacerbated the number of deaths due to infection with the virus.

The study, entitled “The Global Burden of Diseases” and published in the “Lancet” medical journal, analyzed 286 causes of death, 369 diseases and injuries, and 87 risk factors in 204 countries and regions to provide a picture of the basic health situation of the world population and the impact of Covid-19.

Commenting on the study, Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, said that “Covid-19 is a serious health emergency,” describing the association of the Corona pandemic and the high global incidence of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases as a “complex epidemic.”

Horton explained that chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, obesity and high cholesterol, which are symptoms suffered by millions around the world, have played an important role in the death of more than a million due to infection with Covid-19 so far.

He added that these symptoms are caused by unhealthy diets and lack of adequate exercise, noting that “we will continue to define the health situation in every country after the pandemic recedes.”

The study concluded that the most important causes of morbidity for persons aged fifty and over in the world are ischemic heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

In the younger age groups between ten and forty-nine, road accidents, HIV / AIDS, lower back pain and depressive disorders were the most common.

It also revealed that the increase in chronic diseases coupled with public health failures in the face of avoidable risk factors has made the world’s population more vulnerable to health emergencies such as the Corona pandemic.

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