Study shows people are living longer, but with more public health issues - PHE
Date published: 2015-09-22T00:00:00
The combination of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and high BMI is the biggest overall contributor to the total number of years lived with ill-health, new research shows.
A new study published by the Lancet, funded by the Department of Health and led by Public Health England (PHE), found that potentially preventable risk factors explain 40% of ill-health in England.
The researchers looked at data from 1990-2013 on mortality, causes of death, years of life lost (YLLs), years lived with a disability (YLDs), and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs).
The two biggest risks within this calculation are unhealthy diets and tobacco, accounting for 10.8% and 10.7% respectively of overall disease burden. For women, tobacco is now the number one risk factor, overtaking diet and high blood pressure.
Furthermore, improvements in life expectancy – which rose by 5.4% between 1990 and 2013 – have not been matched by improvements in levels of ill-health. This means that the English population is living longer but spending more years with poor health, often as a result of comorbidity.
The study is available to read here.