Women's Life Span

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A study by Wisconsin researchers discovered an increase in premature deaths among U.S. women. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at the study in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Theres been a widespread increase in premature deaths among women in the United States over the last 15 years.

Women in the western and southern regions of the U.S. have been especially affected, according to the analysis of death trends by Wisconsin researchers. The study was published in Health Affairs.

Researchers determined that of 3,140 counties studied, 43 percent experienced a rise in premature death among women between 1992 and 2006. In men, the rate increased in 3 percent of counties. The researchers defined death as premature if it happened before age 75.

Surprisingly, researchers found that the availability of primary medical care had no significant relationship to death rate.

The studys findings could indicate that meaningful health improvement efforts must extend beyond a focus on health care delivery and include stronger policies affecting health behaviors.

Learning and practicing better eating and lifestyle habits could go a long way to lengthening and providing a better quality of life for people of all ages.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.