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The World's Population Is Getting Sicker

People Getting Sick

Story at-a-glance -

  • Only 4 percent of the global population was free from health complaints in 2013
  • One-third, or 2.3 billion people, struggled with more than five health problems each
  • The proportion of years of healthy life lost due to illnesses is rising at an increasing rate, from 21 percent in 1990 to 31 percent in 2013
  • Musculoskeletal issues and mental health/substance abuse disorders accounted for close to half of the loss of healthy years of life

By Dr. Mercola

The largest analysis of health trends around the world from 1990 to 2013 has been released -- with some striking findings. Only 4 percent of the global population was free from health complaints in 2013, while one-third, or 2.3 billion people, struggled with more than five health problems each.


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