SEDENTARINESS AND EDUCATION CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO SOCIOECONOMIC INEQUALITIES IN NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

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Abstract

In Europe, the main non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases,cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental disorders, all together account for an estimated 86% of thedeaths and 77% of the disease burden. Of the six WHO regions, Europe is the most affected by NCDs [1].The detection and control of physiological and behavioral risk factors (BRFs) remain the essential preventivestrategy to counteract not only the average population’s exposure to the main NCDs, but also socioeconomicinequalities, which are related to chronic diseases.The scope of this work is to investigate socioeconomic inequalities among the European elderly in NCDsand BRFs for NCDs, namely tobacco consumption, obesity, unhealthy nutrition and physical inactivity,between 2004 and 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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