FACTBOX: World's leading global health risks

Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:31pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Tackling five health factors could prevent millions of premature deaths and increase global life expectancy by almost 5 years, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday in its report on Global Health Risks.

Here are some numbers and details:

TOP TEN LEADING RISK FACTOR CAUSES OF DEATH:

RISK FACTOR DEATHS PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL:

(Millions)

High blood pressure 7.5 12.8

Tobacco use 5.1 8.7

High blood glucose 3.4 5.8

Physical inactivity 3.2 5.5   Continued...