World’s Population Is Getting Sicker

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 19th, 2015

A new global report on health finds that only about 4 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013, while about 30 percent – that’s 2.3 billion people — had more than five health problems. And the situation is getting worse. The growing number of elderly people living with health issues will rise rapidly over coming decades.

world population sickThe study involves data from 188 countries and looks at more than 300 illnesses and injuries, according to The Lancet, which published the findings June 8. The study is the largest analysis of trends in health around the world for the years 1990 to 2013.

According to the study, one of every 10 people in the world in 2013 suffered from at least one of the following disorders: tooth decay, tension headaches, iron-deficiency anemia, age-linked hearing loss, genital herpes, migraines, intestinal roundworm, and a genetic blood disorder called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency trait.

The study also found a “startling” rise in ill health between 1990 and 2013 due to diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis

Death rates lowered, but rates of disability did not. For example, global diabetes cases actually rose by 43 percent over the past 23 years, while deaths from diabetes only rose by 9 percent.

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