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England’s disease burden ‘falling but could improve’

15th September 2015

A new Public Health England-led study has ranked the diseases and risks that cause death and disability in England, showing that the country has the potential to perform substantially better.

Published in The Lancet, the study ranks the diseases and risk factors that cause death and disability in England compared with other high-income countries, indicating that the nation has the potential to have the lowest total disease burden in the world.

Between 1990 and 2013, life expectancy in England increased by 5.4 years – one of the biggest increases compared with other EU countries. This was mainly due to a reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and some cancers.

Known potentially preventable risk factors, taken together, explain 40 percent of cases of ill health in England.

It was also shown that improvements in life expectancy have not been matched by improvements in levels of ill health, meaning the population is living longer but spending more years in poor health.

Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said: "If levels of health in the worst performing regions in England matched the best performing ones, England would have one of the lowest burdens of disease of any developed country."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801800537-ADNFCR

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