Women’s life expectancy drops in some US counties

April 22, 2008 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

WASHINGTON – Associated Press

Women’s life expectancy declined significantly in 180 U.S. counties, mostly in the deep South and Appalachia, between 1983 and 1999, according to a study being released Tuesday.

Researchers blamed the decrease in women’s life expectancy on high blood pressure as well as chronic diseases related to smoking and obesity, such as lung cancer and diabetes.

The decline, averaging 1.3 years in the 180 counties. Men’s life expectancy declined by 1.3 years in only 11 counties.

In another 783 counties, women’s life expectancy declined by 0.5 years, but the researchers said those results were not statistically significant because those counties were relatively small.

The study, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, was designed to analyze disparities in life expectancy between different counties with different social conditions and health programs.

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  • 1. Obi  |  August 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Heh, well at least we men are catching up now. 😉

    I think it’s quite a shame what’s going on with health in this country these days. People just don’t value taking care of themselves…

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