Saturday, August 23, 2014

The burden of disease is not only early death.

The Economist this week presents this graph. It reflects not only early mortality, but the loss of quality of life and productivity due to disability.

Note that while cardiovascular diseases and cancers are the major causes of when you take disability into account other chronic conditions become comparably important. The article focuses on mental diseases, and while people with those diseases also have much lowered life expectancy, they also live a lot of their life disabled.

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