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Urban Black Women May Die Sooner Than Asian and White Counterparts?


According to a research conducted Asian women top the best-off group while urban blacks women and men represent the worst off. In addition, women life expectancy for US women has also declined.

For those of you out there who still love some fried chicken, pork chops and highly sweetened candy yams with a side of black eyed peas with pork fat in it, you may want to rethink your diet.

For the first time in 90 years according to a research conducted by Majid Ezzati and Christopher Murray of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, women life expectancy for US women has declined. Life expectancy is now shorter than it was in the early 1980s, according to the study published, the findings are not based on race or ethnicity but it is stated to be more common in rural and low-income areas. The two Harvard researchers and their colleagues are stated to have taken a close look at life expectancy in the United States and concluded that more than 30 years separates the best-off and worst-off Americans with Asian women topping the best-off group while urban blacks represent the worst off.

The increases are blamed on one of the main factors plaguing the nation, lifestyle which seemed to have been increased by diseases that have caused death amongst American people such as diabetes, lung cancer, emphysema and kidney failure. The obesity epidemic is seeming to also be playing a part in the decrease in life expectancy and if it continues, it may decline even further in the coming years. Women seem to be more affected than men by obesity with 33 percent being women, compared to 31 percent of men according to reports. Extreme obesity is stated to be twice as common in women (7 percent) as in men (3 percent) which helps increase the risk of diabetes. Highblood pressure is also stated to be increasing among women and weight is the culprit.

According to the study, Asian females outlive poor urban black males by more than 20 years and low-income rural Southern black women by almost 13 years. Asians can expect to live more than 15 years longer than high-risk urban blacks. High-risk urban black communities, male mortality is stated to be increased by homicides and exposure to AIDS.

Among all the deaths in United States, half are blamed on behaviors and exposures such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. Ezzati and Murray reportedly stated that they believe that controlling weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar could help reduce the large numbers of chronic disease.

So maybe this is a sign that if you're not exercising, still smoking, and not eating a healthy meal, you need to do so now, because what you do now could prevent the onset of diseases in your family and the next generation.

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