People are living longer but with more disabilities, according to the latest numbers published today in the WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates.
- Noncommunicable diseases came to dominate the top 10 causes of death worldwide, usurping communicable diseases, VOA reports.
- Life expectancy rose from 67 to 73—but on average only 5 of those years were lived in good health.
- Heart disease remained the top killer globally—but now it’s killing more people than ever, WHO reports.
- Diabetes and dementia entered the top 10.
But: While NCDs usurped communicable diseases overall, their toll remains stubborn in low- and middle-income countries.
- HIV/AIDS dropped from the 8th leading cause of death to the 19th—but it’s still in 4th place in Africa.
- In LMICs, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remain in the top 10.