Report: Americans are more frail and more likely than citizens of other rich countries die prematurely

A shocking report prepared by U.S. government agencies: Americans are less healthy and more likely to die young from disease or accidents than people in other wealthy countries, writes The Guardian. The study was conducted US National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, says journalist Sarah Bozel. The report called "Health Care in the United States compared to other countries: life is shorter, weaker health."

"Even the most well-off Americans — people with higher education, with health insurance and high income, leading a healthy lifestyle — are inferior because of health members of the same social groups in the country, comparable with the United States," — says the article.

"We were amazed by these sad conclusion", — says Steven H. Woolf (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmod), chairman of the commission, which amounted to report. In his view, the mortality and morbidity of Americans can be prevented. "The main issue for our committee — why do we have tens of years of lagging behind other countries?" — Added Wolfe. The authors compared the United States with 16 rich democratic countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Britain and others. We analyzed data from the late 1990s to 2008.

As it turned out, for many years the life expectancy of Americans is lower than in almost all countries with which it was compared. "The last 30 years, the gap increases, especially for women," — says the article. Meanwhile, per capita health care costs in the United States than in any other country in the world.

The authors counted nine areas in which the U.S. has poor performance of 17 countries studied. The highest — infant mortality. Mortality from injuries and homicides are much higher, and this is one of the main causes of death in children, adolescents and young adults. "American teenagers in the first place by the number of pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases", — stated in the article. By the number of HIV-infected U.S. on the 2nd place, the number of AIDS cases — on the 1st.

"Even if you delete a factor such as drunk driving, the alcohol and drugs rob Americans more years of life than people in other rich countries," — the newspaper writes.

Only a few diseases for which the United States ranked 1st among these 17 countries: obesity, diabetes type 2 (in the age group from 20 years). U.S. is also on the 2nd place in mortality from heart disease. Americans are more likely than Europeans to suffer from lung disease and die from them.

But there is a positive conclusion: "America is well taken care about the health of the elderly. Those who live to 75 years, can count on a long life, less likely to die from a stroke and cancer, better control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoke less than people in other countries. "

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