Americans less healthy, die younger: Study
Washington: Americans under the age of 50 are less healthy and die sooner than their peers in other developed countries, due to disease, car accidents, gun violence and drug overdose, says a new study by a panel of US experts.
"Since 1980, the US has had the first or second lowest probability of surviving to age 50 among the 17 peer countries," said the authors of the 18-month study by two non-profit research groups, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.
"Americans who do reach age 50 generally arrive at this age in poorer health than their counterparts in other high-income countries, and as older adults they face greater morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases that arise from risk factors (e.g., smoking, obesity, diabetes) that are often established earlier in life."
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