Over 95 percent of world population has health problems

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According to a recent study that was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, more than 95 percent of the world's population has health problems, and a third has more than five ailments.

Theo Vos is the lead author and Professor of Global Health at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at The University of Washington. When asked about his opinion on the matter, he said:

"The fact that mortality is declining faster than non-fatal disease and injury prevalence is further evidence of the importance of paying attention to the rising health loss from these leading causes of disability, and not simply focusing on reducing mortality."

Interestingly enough, over the course of 23 years, we have hardly seen a change in the leading causes of health loss. In 2013, almost half of the health loss worldwide was attributed to musculoskeletal disorders as well as mental and substance abuse disorders. These musculoskeletal disorders often include low back pain, neck pain, and arthritis, while the mental and substance abuse disorders often include depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol disorders.

In terms of the factors that contribute to disabilities worldwide, in 2013, major depression and lower back pain were ranked among the top ten contributors. Together, they caused more health loss than diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma combined.

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