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People are living longer - but at a price

Medical advances are allowing more to live with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure

6:35 PM, Dec. 11, 2012
People in the United States are living longer with life expectancy now 78.5 years. Premature deaths have dropped 18 percent since 1990, and deaths from cardiovascular disease are down 34.6 percent. Cancer deaths are down 7.6 percent.
People in the United States are living longer with life expectancy now 78.5 years. Premature deaths have dropped 18 percent since 1990, and deaths from cardiovascular disease are down 34.6 percent. Cancer deaths are down 7.6 percent.
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Americans are living longer, with fewer deaths from heart disease and cancer, but more chronic illnesses, an annual snapshot of the USA's health shows.

The 2012 America's Health Rankings highlight troubling levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and sedentary behavior. Medical advances are allowing more people to live with those conditions.

The bottom line: Americans "are living longer, sicker," says Reed Tuckson of the not-for-profit United Health Foundation, which sponsors the report with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention. ...

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