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Mortality trends in Belgium and The Netherlands. Closing the gap.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8659247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mean life expectancy at birth (1967-1992) increased for both sexes combined with 5.6 years in Belgium and 3.6 years in The Netherlands. Age adjusted mortality from all causes and cardiovascular diseases has been followed up from 1968 onwards to 1989 in Belgium and The Netherlands and in Flanders and Wallonia from 1971 to 1989 for each sex and two age classes, 45-74 y and 75-85 + y. Flanders and Wallonia were selected because of differences in mortality and life-style. Total mortality decreased faster in Belgium, especially in the period 1980-89, for almost all comparisons in each sex and age class and for most cardiovascular diseases. A comparison of mortality trends in the period 1980-89 among 35 countries worldwide showed a better performance in Belgium than in The Netherlands for 10 different causes of death. The mortality gap between both countries is closing, especially between The Netherlands and Flanders. The decreasing slope in mortality from all causes is explained mostly by the change in cardiovascular mortality. Medical treatment and care, which are not better in Belgium, do not explain the differences in mortality trends Observed changes in life-style, including saturated and polyunsaturated fat intake, smoking habits and salt intake are consistent with the observed mortality changes.
J V Joossens; H Kesteloot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cardiologica     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0001-5385     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cardiol     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-08-01     Completed Date:  1996-08-01     Revised Date:  2009-06-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370570     Medline TA:  Acta Cardiol     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Epidemiology, University of Leuven, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Belgium / epidemiology
Cause of Death*
Cerebrovascular Disorders / mortality
Child, Preschool
Coronary Disease / mortality
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Europe / epidemiology
Infant, Newborn
Life Expectancy / trends
Life Style
Middle Aged
Mortality / trends*
Netherlands / epidemiology

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