Report: Americans Are Living Longer, But Sicker

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 10:12 AM

 

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Americans are living longer due to medical advances, but longevity comes with a price: more sickness, according to a new report.
The 2012 America’s Health Rankings show that so-called “lifestyle diseases” of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure plague more people even while medical advances allow more to live with those conditions.
Americans “are living longer, sicker” with more chronic illness, according to Reed Tuckson, M.D., of the United Health Foundation, the not-for-profit group that sponsors the report.
Heart and cancer deaths have decline since 1990, but Americans are experience disturbing levels of obesity (28 percent of the adult population), diabetes (10 percent of adults), and high blood pressure (31 percent).
For the sixth year in a row, Vermont was listed as the healthiest state. Louisiana and Mississippi were tied for the least healthy.
The report highlighted unhealthy sedentary behavior, which is defined as not doing any physical exercise outside of work for the last 30 days. About 26 percent of Americans fall into this category. “High prevalence of sedentary behavior, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension means that a freight train of preventable chronic illnesses is going to crash into our healthcare system unless we take action now,” said Dr. Tuckson.
Here are the report’s state health rankings, from most healthy to least healthy:
1. Vermont
2. Hawaii
3. New Hampshire
4. Massachusetts
5. Minnesota
6. Connecticut
7. Utah
8. New Jersey
9. Maine
10. Rhode Island
11. Colorado
12. North Dakota
13. Oregon
14. Washington
15. Nebraska
16. Wisconsin
17. Idaho
18. New York
19. Maryland
20. Iowa
21. Virginia
22. California
23. Wyoming
24. Kansas
25. Arizona
26. Pennsylvania
27. South Dakota
28. Alaska
29. Montana
30. Illinois
31. Delaware
32. New Mexico
33. North Carolina
34. Florida
35. Ohio
36. Georgia
37. Michigan
38. Nevada
39. Tennessee
40. Texas
41. Indiana
42. Missouri
43. Oklahoma
44. Kentucky
45. Alabama
46. South Carolina
47. West Virginia
48. Arkansas
49. Louisiana
50. Mississippi (tie with Louisiana)

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