Turning to Big, Big Data to See What Ails the World
The downside is that longer lives mean people are living long enough to develop diabetes and Alzheimer’s. “What decline we’re seeing from communicable diseases, we’re seeing a compensatory increase from diabetes,” Murray said. And neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s now account for twice as many years lived with disability as cardiovascular and circulatory diseases together, Smith writes.
This is not simply because people are living longer. It’s also a function of worsening diet everywhere, as poor societies adopt the processed foods found in rich ones.