Colombian live more nowadays, but they have higher illness rates, according to a recent World Research on Disease Burden, with participation of 488 scientists from 50 countries and 303 institutions, including the Javeriana University in this capital.
In Colombia, as in the rest of the world, although life expectancy has increased (from 71.06 years in 1990 to 75 in 2010), the years gained are burdened, in many cases, by diseases and disabilities.
According to the study, HIV-AIDS is one of the main causes of death among Colombians and the fifth in the last two decades, together with intra-couple violence, which leads to disability, especially in young women between 15 and 29 years of age.
In fact, violence in Latin America is the main cause of premature death and loss of healthy living, the study revealed.
The research recorded cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular accidents, obstructive lung disease (caused in a great extent by the habit of smoking, respiratory infections and traffic accidents as the number-one enemies of the health of Colombians.