High blood pressure 'greatest risk factor for global death,' study finds

A new global study has identified high blood pressure, smoking and high body mass index as the top three avoidable risk factors for death and disease among adults worldwide. Among children under 5, undernutrition remains the leading avoidable risk factor.

Study leader Dr. Mohammad Hossein Forouzanfar, of the Institute for Health and Metrics Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues publish their findings in The Lancet.


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