Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
The Global Burden of Disease Study provides a 'comprehensive risk assessment', assessing the risk of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries and other risk factors over time. In doing so, the study provides a clear picture of trends in causes of death and disability, which informs policy makers and could lead to populations live longer and more healthy lives.
The most recent update of the study, published on 16th September 2017, found that the leading risk factors for death and disability for women are high blood pressure, a high BMI and diabetes. The leading risks for men are smoking, high blood pressure and low birth weight, with diabetes and a high BMI being the 5th and 6th leading factors respectively.
To view the full study, please click here [PDF 1,507KB].