Oct 9, 2013

American women expected to live FIVE YEARS less than their mothers - and scientists don't know why

Daily Mal UK- While the U.S. has always been a beacon of medical advancement for the world, American women today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers.

Two recent studies found that life expectancy for women have decreased the last two decades.

Since these women are more likely to be unemployed or working low-wage jobs, researchers believe the new health care law may combat this backwards slide, but point out that it might not solve the underlying problem. 

'Health care is far from the whole story,' David Kindig, co-author of one of the studies, told the Atlantic. 'More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important.' 
Life expectancy rates among women have been worsening in about half of all U.S. counties. Above, red signifies the counties where the life expectancy rate for women is declining

Kindig was the co-author of a University of Wisconsin study published in March which reported that for the last two decades, the mortality rate for women had increased in half of U.S. counties, while the male mortality rate only increased in 3 per cent.

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