Study: Rural Americans more likely to die from top 5 causes of death
Rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer and the three other leading causes of death than their urban counterparts, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those five top causes of death — which include unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke — accounted for 62 percent of the total 1.6 million deaths Signature Credit/Debit Card Number in the United States in 2014. Among rural Americans, more than 70,000 of the deaths were potentially preventable, the study found, including 25,000 from heart disease and 19,000 from cancer.
About 15 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas. These 46 million people tend to be older, poorer and sicker than urban Americans, with higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and obesity and lower rates of physical activity. They also don’t use Security Code seat belts as much. They typically have less access to health care and are less likely to have health insurance.
Increasing death rates from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the nation’s life expectancy to decline in 2015 for the first time in more than two decades, according to a report released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Cigarette smoking remains Check/Money Order Enclosed AMEX Visa Discover MasterCard Exp. Date Richmond Times-Dispatch Back Roads Book, 300 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219 the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Smoking prevalence among adults is higher in rural areas and differs markedly by region.
Unintentional injuries, which include overdoses from drugs, alcohol and other chemicals, as well as from motor vehicle crashes and other accidents, were about 50 percent higher in rural areas. That was in part because of greater risk of death from crashes and opioid overdoses.
Rates of opioid misuse and overdose death are among the highest among rural populations. Access to treatment is often delayed because emergency medical services take longer to reach injured or poisoned patients in rural areas. Rural areas also have fewer trauma centers with advanced equipment and specialized staff available at any hour.
Rural regions in the Southeast and Southwest have the highest number of potentially preventable deaths. The Southeastern states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Southwestern states are Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
CDC officials said the new information about rural-urban disparities could help health care providers in rural areas better address those gaps. Measures could include more comprehensive health screening, plus increased wellness efforts.
By The Washington Post
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