According to Science Daily, 95% of the world’s population has health problems, with over a third having more than five ailments. In 2013, low back pain and major depression ranked among the top ten greatest contributors to disability in every country, causing more health loss than diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma combined.
More importantly, the research shows that in total, the proportion of lost years of healthy life due to illness rose from around a fifth in 1990 to almost a third in 2013. This may be due to the fact that as the world’s population grows, and the number of elderly people increases, the number of people living in lower-grade health is set to rise.
The article’s findings come from one of the largest and most detailed analysis to quantify levels, patterns, and trends in health and disability in the world between 1990 and 2013. The leading causes of health loss have changed, and it is interesting that low back pain is at the top of the list.
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