It seems that where you decide to live can be a live and death decision as certain parts of the country have a much lower life expectancy than others.
Generally, life expectancy in the U.S. has been rising for years. However, a recent study shows that in some parts of the country there is a different trend.
The Washington Post reported recently on a study done by University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
The study found that life expectancy is greatest in central Colorado where folks live more than 85 years, while just a state away in Oglala County South Dakota, it drops to less than 67 years.
Life expectancy in many places in this country is declining. It’s going backward instead of forward,” said Ali Mokdad, a co-author of the report and a professor. “These disparities are widening, so this gap is increasing.
The research also found that the U.S. is falling behind other affluent nations in the longevity of life.
We are falling behind our competitors in health. That is going to impact our productivity; that’s going to take away our competitive edge when it comes to the economy. What we’re doing right now is not working. We have to regroup.
— Ali Mokdad