U.S. life expectancy improves, but chronic illnesses rise

12/11/2012 | Reuters · USA Today

Although Americans are living longer, they suffer from higher rates of chronic health conditions, according to the United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings. Researchers found that the country has an adult obesity rate of 28%, a diabetes rate of almost 10% and a hypertension rate higher than 30%. "As a nation, we've made extraordinary gains in longevity over the past decades, but as individuals we are regressing in our health," said Dr. Reed Tuckson, chief of medical affairs at United Health Group.

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