Although people have always sought ways of becoming healthier, medical science and technology have only really been able to offer greatly improved health for the past century or so. This has mainly been due to discoveries like electricity, advanced internal imaging, digital technology, medicinal research and more. As a result, people are living longer, healthier lives.
More specifically, the United States has benefited hugely from modern medical technologies, and the country currently has the 38th healthiest population in the world according to life expectancy. If you live in the United States and you’re concerned about your health, here is some information on the people, places and factors which affect health levels the most:
While there are a number of cities in the United States that are consistently ranked highly in terms of health, there doesn’t seem to be any actual geographic factors relating them. Cities such as Lincoln, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Jose, California; and Raleigh, North Carolina are all cities which are often included at the top of lists of the healthiest cities, and each has a different climate and culture than the other.
One factor that does seem to connect cities which are often considered the healthiest in the nation is the availability of modern medical care and fitness facilities, as well as most citizens in these areas belonging in higher income brackets. The size of these cities, as well, matters. They aren’t so big that factors like pollution and stress level bring their health rating down, and aren’t so small that people don’t have access to certain health and fitness resources.
When it comes to age and health, many studies reveal that as time and medical technology continue to advance, more and more people are living longer, healthier lives. In the past, individuals who were in their 20’s and 30’s tended to be the healthiest, but today, people are living well into their 80’s and 90’s, and most are healthier than ever. While younger people continue to experience fewer health problems than older individuals, medical advances do seem to be paving the way for people of all ages to have the ability to experience healthy lives.
In terms of the socio-economic impact on health, one trend has continued throughout the years: areas of the country which experience less economic growth tend to be less healthy. This is often a result of several factors, including lack of education or access to education, lack of modern medical options, and lack of nutrition and fitness facilities. These areas tend to be rural and many are located in the deep south and south west.
Unfortunately, reports often find that poorer areas have populations with less of an ability to attain nutritious foods and proper medical care, and this results in unhealthy populations.
If you’re concerned about your own health, it’s important to speak with your doctor about any health issues you may be facing. He or she may be able to point out lifestyle changes that will help you improve your overall health no matter your demographic, or point to you to resources like InsuranceQuotes.org to find out more information about risk you may be unknowingly incurring. However you decide to stay informed, it’s important that you do. The first step to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life is information.