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Trends in risk factors for non-communicable diseases: a global effort

23rd February 2017 1pm, Room 1/G/8, Ladywell House, Edinburgh

Mariachiara Di Cesare, Middlesex University and Imperial College

High blood pressure, high glucose levels, and high body-mass index have been estimated to have caused almost 20 million deaths worldwide in 2015 (36% of the total deaths) being directly associated with cardiovascular diseases, multiple cancers (oesophagus, colon and rectum, among others), and diabetes. Tackling risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a priority at national and global level and for this reason WHO developed the global monitor framework to enable global tracking of progress in preventing and controlling NCDs risk factors. The NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) main aim is to provide rigorous and timely data on risk factors for NCDs for 200 countries and territories pooling together high-quality population-based data using advanced statistical methods. Main results for obesity, diabetes, and raised blood pressure, with special attention to the United Kingdom profile, will be presented and discussed.