A Violent Surge in Chronic Disease

The Middle East’s 580 million people are facing sharp increases in chronic disease. The death rate from diabetes, for example, increased by 216% from 1990 to 2015, according to articles in the International Journal of Public Health

During the same period, violent deaths increased 850%.
Ali Mokdad, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, sees a connection. “If someone faces a shock in their life, it puts pressure on their mental health, and they’ll be less likely to stop smoking if they smoke. They’ll be less likely to seek medical care if it’s dangerous to do so.”
Source: Nature

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