In the featured article on the front page, I showed a slide from the WHO (World Health Organization), depicting the leading factors for the premature deaths on the Globe. Link Here In this slide hypertension figured prominently as main root cause of all premature deaths. I find this somewhat unusual for a condition, which is recognized as idopathic (unknown causes) for about 95% of all cases. There are risk factors for hypertension defined and they are all over the place, mainly genetic disposition, age, obesity, salt, alcohol, diabetes and vitamin deficiency. But that chart was from 2004, nowadays, it does not have that "prominent place" in the list of leading factors, which makes sense to me.
Of course- hypertension is still a big issue, but hardly a predominant factor.
Having cleared that, we can turn to those root causes or leading factors that the WHO nowadays sees as major risk factors for the six major NCD´s (Non-Communicable Disorders) and here I quote from their Homepage:
Major NCDs and their risk factors