View Full Version : US ranks 42nd internationaly in life expectancy

8.12.07, 6:38 AM
Lack of overall health care insurance is one reason. In the US, you better have a good health care package at work, or be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, or old enough for Medicare in one of the wealthiest countries on planet earth.

If you fall between the cracks, then some say it's cause you are too dumb or lazy to work hard enough to be able to pay outrageous private care insurance premiums.

Can't discount the American diet, too. Tasty foods high in fats and salt readily available at fast food venues. Removing PE and recess for energic play in our schools is not helping either.


big easy
8.13.07, 11:11 PM
one area of the world that enjoys longer life expectancy than anywhere is people who occupy remote areas of the Andes Mountains in South America....

they wouldn't know what a doctor looked like..... they would know about healthy grains and vegetables and clean air and working outside in the mountains everday though... they wouldn't know about ingredient labels 3 paragraphs long on packaged food.. they wouldn't know what a coca cola was nor video games.... oh well..what the hell

8.14.07, 2:53 AM
Interesting, BE. Link below might be the people you mention. On the Longevity site they list some people in Okinawa as first, then Vilacamba second, some in Pakistan third (where the book Lost Horizon's Shangri La ws based on).

For the Vilacamba's, aside from points you mentioned and which plague us as to bad diets, lack of exercise, etc.,.... another attibute for longevity for them was isolation for years from outsiders who might bring in diseases, etc. Wasn't it smallpox that wiped out millions of American Indian tribes early in the European immigration to North America? Smallpox or measles...I forget which.

Somewhere I read, years ago (and if I recall correctly which I'd never bet on...lol), that the average lifespan for the US at the turn of the century in 1900 was approx. 40-some years of age.

Technological advances in medicine, hygiene and dental care (where a fair amount of health issues stem from poor dental hygiene...that can be at the root of systemic illness) are attributed to longer life these days in developed countries. Better dietary choices, exercise (away from vegging on TV and computers (NO!!!..lol), etc., are certainly something that most can do to help improve overall health, but having access to afforable healthcare is important, too.


8.16.07, 9:10 PM
We're falling behind other countries on most of the health indicators these days- and it seems it's primarily a result of the huge overweight problem we have.
This will be handy to remind those folks who shudder in horror at the notion of national health care.....and insist that OUR way is the best. Because it increasingly looks like our most expensive health care is just not doing the job. We pay much more than other countries do- yet we don't have much to show for it! Somebody's making out handsomely- but it ain't we citizens. It's clear that if we took the profit out of health care- we might once again be able to put good health as a priority.
God knows in a society like ours- with it's unhealthy food supply and toxic environment- we NEED the very best health care.