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Peter Lloyd-Sherlock presents at the University of Tsukuba, Japan

DEV's Peter Lloyd-Sherlock presented at the International Symposium of Challenges and Opportunities for Global Ageing Across Borders, which took place on Saturday 27th September at the University of Tsukaba, Japan.

Peter gave a presentation on 'Non-communicable diseases, older people and development: Why they matter and why they are neglected by policy-makers'.

His research highlights the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries and the associated risk factors, paying particular attention to the effects of hypertension. Peter challenges the established view that population ageing is a non-modifiable risk factor, highlighting the potential benefits of increased awareness and access to effective treatment. It identifies a clear bias against older people in current global NCD policy. This includes the likely inclusion of health targets based on the problematic concept of 'premature mortality' in the new Sustainable Development Targets.