A poor diet, particularly the low intake of whole grains and fruits, accounts for hundreds of deaths in India annually. The study, reported in the Lancet journal, analysed data from 195 countries and found that one in five deaths globally  equivalent to 11 million deaths  are associated with lack of optimal amount of food and nutrients.The study finds that Low intake of whole grains  below 125 grams per day  was the leading dietary risk factor for death and disease in India.

The findings highlight the urgent need for coordinated global efforts to improve diet through collaboration with various sections of the food system and policies that drive balanced diets.

While a poor diet caused an estimated 11 million deaths, diets high in sodium, low in whole grains, and low in fruit together accounted for over five million of all diet-related deaths globally in 2017.

The causes of these deaths included 10 million deaths from cardiovascular disease, 913,000 cancer-related deaths, and almost 339,000 deaths from Type-2 diabetes. Deaths related to diet have increased from eight million in 1990, largely due to increases in the population and population ageing.

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

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