An epidemic of risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Greatest health gains could come from preventive strategies
The Lancet "Rarely are findings as stark and as far-reaching as those from the Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Collaborating Group that are published in today's Lancet. The three Articles analyse trends over the past generation in body-mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure, and serum total cholesterol. The inescapable conclusion is that an epidemic of premature cardiovascular mortality is developing, the brunt of which will be borne by low-income and middle-income countries," concludes the editorial of the Lancet on 11th February 2011.