A report on the status of global health has been released. While most of the world seems to be living longer, there are still some very serious medical concerns facing everyone. Health Briefs TV reviews the report’s findings.
The 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study found that life expectancy is rising throughout the world, except in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV and AIDS-related deaths are cutting lives short. The disease is credited with taking five years off of people’s lives in that part of the world. Worldwide deaths from the disease have fallen every year since it peaked in 2005, except in sub-Saharan Africa where 20 of the 48 countries are taking a hit. It is encouraging to note that world health organizations are stepping up game plans to educate populations and help find treatment for those affected.
Throughout the world, there are major drops in the child deaths over the last 23 years. However, malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infections like pneumonia are still the top five causes for deaths in children under age five. These medical ailments kill almost 2 million children between the ages of one month and 59 months every year despite aggressive movement forward to curtail it.
For adults, chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis, diabetes and kidney disease are often neglected and are becoming more of a threat to life than before. Family physicians should ask pointed questions about alcohol and recreational drug use when patients are in the office. Health insurance companies can assist members in finding affordable wellness programs locally to reduce the risk of diabetes. The Health Briefs TV show urges readers to get an annual physical and talk to the doctor about specific health concerns.