Thursday, September 13, 2007

US Life Expectancy

The Washington Post published an article outlining life expectancy in US. It is worth a read.

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High

Summary of Statistics:

40 Nations have a higher life expectancy than the U.S.

If you were born in 2005, you have a life expectancy of 78 years.

Rates of mortality for Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease continue to increase while rates of death from stroke and cardiac disease are decreasing.

Women outlive men by 5.2 years

Whites outlive blacks by 5.1 years.

The mortality rates for infants increased slightly to 6.89 per 1000 births. Nonetheless, this figure is unacceptably high.

To see the full report, visit the National Center for Health Statistics.

The best measures to take to improve life expectancy and some of the cheapest are:

Improved care during pregnancy;
Being fully vaccinated;
Compliance with prescribed medications;
Increased Screening and Dettection; and
Improved life style (less fatty foods and no smoking).

The Healing Project subscribes to the belief an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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