Life Expectancy Drops for US

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I was reading a news story on CNN last week about the latest life expectancy studies came out with the U.S. dropping and averaging quite a bit lower than peer countries like U.K., Canada, Japan and Australia. The average male in the U.S. has a life expectancy of 75.6 years with woman at slightly over 80 years of age.

In U.K. the average male lifespan expectancy was about 78 years and women were very close to American results. The study cites some reasons that America lifespans may have decreased and these include that 1 in 5 deaths occur from smoking related illnesses and that 1 in 3 Americans are considered obese. These keep average lifespans lower but the variation in states is what was unusual.

It was quite unusual to see an independant study cite also that there were more infant and child deaths in the U.S. than other countries but once an elder age was reached the U.S. fared better than many peer countries for keeping elderly healthy. It was also cited the lack of health care for a vast amount of the population makes most people forgo preventative medicine which is promoted in Australia and Canada.

Obviously genetics play a big factor in how long someone will live, but if you eat in moderation, exercise regularly and keep yourself fit, don’t smoke you will likely be able to live up to the limit of your genetic programming. Of course some would say there are always random accidents that can end any life instantly, but there is no reason to assume such an accident will occur and it is imperative people take responsibility for their own health and it has taken me years before I was finally willing to admit that I had to make sure I didn’t let myself fall into the trap of excessive eating, idle sitting or just ignore my health.

-Justin Germino

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Updated: July 16, 2011 — 6:35 pm