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Health problems cause 89% of deaths in Mexico

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The 90 thousand 309 deaths caused by covid-19, as of Wednesday, exceed those caused by diseases such as malignant, liver and cerebrovascular tumors; influenza and pneumonia, lung and kidney failure, recorded in 2019.

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) presented this Thursday the report on the Characteristics of Deaths Registered in Mexico during the past year.

747 thousand 784 people died, of which 422 thousand 185 were men, 56.4 percent, and 325 thousand 126 were women, 43.5 percent, while in 0.1 percent the sex was not specified, a total of 473 cases.

According to the Inegi report, last year 663,902 of the deaths were caused by diseases and health-related problems, 88.8 percent.

In this area, heart diseases ranked first with 156 thousand 41 victims, 23.5 percent; followed by diabetes mellitus with 104 thousand 354 cases, 15.7 percent, and malignant tumors were the third cause with 88 thousand 680 victims, 13.4 percent.

In addition to deaths from malignant tumors, SARS-COV-2 exceeds 40,578 deaths from liver disease in 2019; cerebrovascular diseases caused 35 thousand 303 deaths, influenza and pneumonia were the cause of 31 thousand 81 deaths.

Covid has also already surpassed 23,768 deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and 14,630 from kidney failure.

In this context, at least 200,000 deaths a year in Mexico derive directly from a poor diet, estimated the Alliance for Health.

He pointed out that obesity triggers diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which cause the death of 80 thousand and 100 thousand people, respectively.

The main factor related to these deaths is the diet from ultra-processed products with excess sugar, fat, sodium and calories.

It is estimated that around 30% of the calories in the Mexican diet come from these products, with Mexico being the main consumer in LA.

The consumption of sugary drinks in the country causes the death of around 40 thousand people each year. Of this total, 23 thousand 433 (57%) are due to diabetes, 13 thousand 517 (33%) due to cardiovascular diseases, and 144 (<1%) due to cancer associated with obesity ”, he explained.

He warned that, if public policies aimed at counteracting the effects of the obesity epidemic did not advance, by 2025 there were at least 16 million cases of cardiovascular diseases and 12 million cases of diabetes attributable to overweight and obesity, according to data from the Report on the Financial Impact of Overweight and Obesity in Mexico.