Want China Times
People in New Taipei, Taitung county and Hualien county have a higher risk of developing
cardiovascular disease than those in other regions because they tend to smoke and drink heavily and do not exercise, Taiwan’s Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said Friday.
In 2002, the standardized death rate for people 30-70 years old as a result of vascular disease–including cardiovascular disease and diabetes–was 115.9 per 100,000 population. The figure dropped by 23% to 89.2 in 2013. Taitung county and Hsinchu, which saw their death rates fall by 10% and 12%, respectively, were the areas with the smallest decrease.
According to the HPA, such health inequality due to the urban-rural gap is also reflected in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
In the rankings for such risk factors, New Taipei, Taitung county and Hualien county had the highest scores, the HPA said. [FULL STORY]