If You Live in These 10 States, You’re More Likely to Avoid an Early Death: Study

If You Live in These 10 States, You’re More Likely to Avoid an Early Death: Study

It’s best to live on the east or west coast, or pack up and hightail for the seas and Hawaii.

An alternative title for this article is, “If You Live in These 10 States You’ll Probably Die Early’. Kind of dismal. We wanted to put a more positive spin on things.

But why are you more likely to live longer in some places?

In one of the most extensive state-by-state U.S health studies ever completed, it’s been shown that if you live in West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, or South Carolina and you’re between the ages of 20 to 55, you’re living with the highest likelihood of an early death in the U.S.

Stressful.

“We are seeing dangerous disparities among states,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. “Unless and until leaders of our health care system work together to mitigate risks…more Americans will die prematurely, and in many cases, unnecessarily.”

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In 2016, Americans were fighting a few key factors found to lead to an early death. These included substance abuse, suicide, and alcohol-related conditions. Drug disorders were highest in West Virginia, alcohol-related problems were highest in New Mexico, and somewhat surprisingly, suicide rates were highest in Utah.

According to the study, the three leading causes of years of life lost were: ischemic heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD).

What about mental health? Major depression increased over 27% nationwide between 1990 and 2016.

“The US has witnessed some improvements among youth under 20 and seniors over 55, but overall the nation and some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries,” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, who co-wrote the study. “The strain on America’s health resources is getting worse, and the need for prevention services and greater access to and quality of medical care is increasing.”

Where can you go for a long, fulfilling life of love? The best states to live in are: Minnesota, California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.

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