Number one cause of health loss

Number one cause of health loss (Morbidity, Premature death) worldwide?

What’s the number one cause of health loss (morbidity + premature death) worldwide? do you know about it? If not then this mini bite contains the information regarding the Number one cause of health loss.

Number one cause of health loss (morbidity + premature death) worldwide?

So many times when we talk about the disease(s), we quote stats related to Western or developed countries – or even just stats related specifically to the US. I guess that’s because Robbins is a US-based book, and our US medical schools are, well, US-based.

But it’s important to know about disease morbidity and mortality worldwide. Here are some worldwide stats and trends. Beware: if you are reading this from a warm, comfy chair with a full tummy (which is where I am writing from), it will make you feel bad. It really should lead us to doing what we can to prevent the things that are preventable.

  • The single leading cause of health loss (definition: morbidity + premature death) worldwide is undernutrition.
  • In developed countries, the leading causes of death are ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (risk factors being smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and alcohol abuse).
  • In underdeveloped countries, half of the top 10 causes of death are infectious (these are: respiratory infection, HIV, diarrheal diseases, TB and malaria).
  • Worldwide, 70% of all child deaths are caused by just 5 conditions, all of them preventable: pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles, and perinatal problems.



  • Kristine Krafts, MD
  • Robbins Pathology 10th Edition



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