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Poor diets may result in more deaths than smoking

April 7, 2019 - from the IFT and The Lancet:

"A study published in The Lancet journal suggests that poor diets are shortening lives worldwide and killing more people globally than either smoking or high blood pressure. The study, of nearly 200 countries, linked poor diet quality to nearly 11 million deaths globally in 2017. That translated to 22% of deaths among all adults that year. Previous research has linked tobacco use to 8 million deaths per year worldwide, and high blood pressure to just over 10 million deaths."

"For the study, the researchers used published nutrition surveys to look at typical dietary intakes across 195 countries, plus published research on the relationship between various diet factors and disease risks. For example, to estimate the impact of salty diets, the researchers looked at the evidence on urinary sodium levels and changes in blood pressure—and then estimated the relationship between those blood pressure changes and disease outcomes."

"The researchers found that people in the United States and Canada tended to eat the most processed meats and trans fats from packaged foods. Consumption of sugary drinks and sodium was too high in nearly all world regions. Meanwhile, healthy foods were shortchanged almost universally, with a few exceptions. People in Central Asia tended to eat enough vegetables, while those in parts of Latin America, Africa, and South Asia typically got plenty of legumes."

"Overall, though, unbalanced diets were a health threat everywhere. Oceania and East Asia had the highest proportion of “diet-related” deaths from heart disease, for example. Diet-related deaths from type 2 diabetes complications were highest in the United States and Canada."

"The analysis pointed to some eating habits with particularly strong links to higher death rates: diets high in sodium, and those low in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds. The researchers concluded that 'poor dietary habits are associated with a range of chronic diseases and can potentially be a major contributor to NCD [noncommunicable diseases] mortality in all countries worldwide. This finding highlights the urgent need for coordinated global efforts to improve the quality of human diet.'"

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