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Family & Health

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

More than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
 
More than three quarters of these deaths were among men, the UN health agency said. And despite evidence of the health risks it carries, global consumption of alcohol is predicted to rise in the next 10 years.
 
 

Diabetes, Vitamin D Deficiency linked in Emiratis

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) among Emiratis may be linked to a genetic inability to metabolize Vitamin D properly, research at Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa University has indicated.
 
 

6.3 mln children died of preventable causes in 2017

An estimated 6.3 million children below the age of 15 died last year, mostly of preventable causes, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday.
 
One child under 15 died every five seconds last year, UNICEF said in a statement, releasing details of a joint report with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group. 
 
 

1 in 4 adults doesn't exercise enough, risking health: WHO

More than a quarter of the world's adults — or 1.4 billion people — don't exercise enough, putting them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancers, according to a World Health Organization-led study.
 
In 2016, around one in three women and one in four men worldwide were not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity to stay healthy – at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week.
 
 

Prevalence of overweight and obesity among girls increasing

The prevalence of overweight in girl students under the age of 20 is increasing form 6.4 percent in 1980 to 10.3 percent in 2015, Mohammad Hashemi, secretary of the society for the prevention of obesity in Iran said here on Sunday.
 
The prevalence of obesity in girls under the age of 20 also shows an increase of 1.7 percent compared with 4.5 percent at the same period of time, IRNA quoted Hashemi as saying.
 
 

Europeans live longer but obesity threatens life quality

In its European Health Report, covering 53 countries in a vast geographical area from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the World Health Organization (WHO) found well-being is the highest in the world but varies widely within the region.
 
Average life expectancy from birth has increased from 76.7 years in 2010 to 77.8 years in 2015. Women continue to live longer than men - 81.1 years compared to 74.6 years for men, although the gap has slightly narrowed.
 
 

Cancer deaths rise to 9.6 million as populations grow and age

Cancer will claim the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018, accounting for one in eight of all deaths among men and one in 11 among women, the World Health Organization's cancer research agency said on Wednesday.
 
 

Saudi Arabia’s health sector is ME’s largest with SR150b spending

Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced on Monday that Saudi Arabia’s health sector is the largest in the Middle East with a spending of over SR150 billion.
 
Inaugurating the Global Health Congress with the theme of “Embracing the future” at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, Al-Rabiah said that the ministry has launched ambitious health plans to restructure and reform the health system in a way meeting the potential challenges.
 
 

Global study places UAE residents' sedentary lifestyles in the spotlight

Almost half of women and more than 40 per cent of men are not getting enough exercise in the UAE, new figures have shown.
 
Data compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found the Emirates ranked alongside the UK and the US as having some of the most inactive populations in the world.
 
The study showed Kuwait to be the worst offender, where 67 per cent of the adult population fails to complete the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.
 

1.4bn adults at risk over lack of physical activity: WHO

More than a quarter (1.4 billion) of the world’s adult population were insufficiently active in 2016, putting them at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers, according to the first study to estimate global physical activity trends over time.
 
The study was undertaken by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in The Lancet Global Health journal.
 
 
 

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