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Risk of premature death from chronic conditions higher in UK than many other rich countries

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 20 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4010
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

People in the UK have a greater risk of dying early from chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes than those in many other high income countries, an analysis published in the Lancet shows.1

The global analysis of deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) found that a 30 year old man living in the UK has a 12.9% chance of dying from these four key NCDs before age 70, whereas a man living in Iceland has a 9.9% chance, and a man living in Switzerland, Sweden, or Norway a less than 11% chance. …

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