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Fewer people dying but more live with disability

on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 04:14
The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010), a collaborative project led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington was finalized and launched on December 14th, 2012 in London.
GBD 2010 is a comprehensive effort to produce complete and comparable estimates of the burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors for the years 1990, 2005, and 2010 for 21 regions and most of the countries of the World. One of the most important findings from this study is: 
"Fewer people dying but more live with disability. Mental health disorders, pain, and injuries hindering people’s health. Obesity and high blood sugar replacing lack of food as leading risks."
This means that people, in general, are living longer.  But there is a bad news, most of them seem to be fatter, still smoking too much, meaning that they are under high risk to get sick and suffering from disabilities.
Using three key indicators produced by GBD 2010 study: 1) Life Expectancy; 2) Healthy-Adjusted Life Expectancy; and 3) Healthy Years Lost, defined as the difference between health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) and life expectancy, the following data visualization helps to illustrate the progress on life expectancy in most of the countries and -at the same time shows how much has increased the number of healthy years lost from 1990 to 2010. This is a clear evidence that people are living longer but with more disabilities. 
The visualization also shows how behind are countries from Africa regarding life expectancy and health-adjusted life expectancy.

New public health strategies and policies should be identified and imlpemented to overcome disabilities as a new health issue affecting both the population health and health service demands and costs.  

Your comments and recommendations about this theme are welcome.



P.S. The data visualization from this article was picked as Tableau Visualization of the Day on December 20th, 2012.


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Ellious Beneth's picture

Your article has ignited some interest in me with regard to people that are on ART. Due to adverse side effects some have been switched to a new regimen with fewer side effects. Have you arleady produced visualized data on this subject area?

martiner's picture

Hello Ellious, 

I haven't produced any data visualization regarding people that are on ART. 

Thank you for your comment.



martiner's picture

I'm writing other articles about Burden of Disease. More info about GBD2010 is available here.

Wenyi Dai's picture

I just shared your article on LinkedIn group "Actuary/Actuarial, Predictive Modeling, Data Mining, ..."

very interesting for Actuarial Modeling


martiner's picture

Hi Wenyi. I'm gald you like it. I hope group members from "Actualry/Actuarial, Predictive Modeling, Data Mining, ..." find it uselful and interesting.

Thnks for sharing it.

Best, Ramon

modraniht runic font's picture

Achieving and maintaining health is an ongoing process, shaped by both the evolution of health care knowledge and practices as well as personal strategies and organized interventions for staying healthy. Thanks.

Xiaojuan Guo's picture

I show your data to students on my lecture. very useful! Thanks.

Abhijith's picture

You are right in these points! [visit the site] (the link was removed by the editor). Even though the average death age of people in developed countries has increased due to the advancements in medical field. However, there is not much improvement in the health of those people; this is mainly because of the bad lifestyle followed there. Keep sharing!

Adam Sand's picture

Disability rates are now getting higher in number. These people with disabilities should have enough assistance from the government. Helpful figures.

Denis Hautot's picture

Je vous félicite pour votre site, il est vraiment formidable, et je vous remercie de tous les efforts que vous y apporter pour nous donner des informations fort utile.
Je travaille dans le domaine financier, et j'aimerais connaître les endroits du monde ou les investissements sont les plus risqué à cause des guerres, principalement.
Pensez-vous que ce pourrait être une chose qui sera bientôt sur votre site, avec les cartes interactives ???
Merci encore et désolé pour la poser en français d'abord.
Denis Hautot ville de Québec
I congratulate you on your website, it is really great, and I thank you for all the efforts you are making to give us information useful.
I work in the financial field, and I would like to know the places in the world or investments are riskier because of wars, mainly.
Do you think it could be something that will soon be on your site, with interactive maps ???
Thank you again and ask sorry for the French.
Denis Hautot Quebec City

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