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Life Expectancy Of American Women
Recent Health Statistics
• How Is Health Measured?
There are 3 ways that staticians measure health, these are:
This table shows the average life female expectancy in selected countries:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women on average live 6 to 8 years longer than men globally. The current record for the oldest person in the world is held by a woman who reached the grand old age of 122. Basically scientists still do not know why women live longer but there are many theories including:
|Healthy Life Expectancy (HALE) For Women Worldwide
This table shows how many years you (as a woman) are likely to live before ill health affects your quality of life. When creating this index, participants are asked if they have suffered ill health within the past 12 months. Any persistent condition like arthritis, chronic pain, depression or mental illness is defined as 'ill-health' - or simply just feeling continually unwell is enough to qualify. Obviously the index also takes into account those women who are very ill or recovering from strokes, heart attacks and cancer. The HALE index as it is called, is a very useful reference. While people may be living longer, it's not really saying much if they are not well enough to enjoy it.
Until What Age On Average Will I Live In 'Full-Health'?
What Is Interesting About These Statistics?
Despite spending the highest amount on healthcare per person worldwide, the United States still only ranks 24 on the healthy life expectancy index and 55 on the life expectancy index. Doctors and researchers blame this poor result on the rising rate of obesity in women along with the increasing amount of smokers and people who don't exercise. This not only raises the risk of death from, but also disability due to, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. Poverty is also an underlying factor because people who are poor tend to eat less healthy food and exercise less. Americans living in poverty-stricken cities like St. Louis and Baltimore tend to die below the average national rate. In contrast, wealthier Americans who live in areas like Washington, D.C. and San Francisco tend to live longer and have healthier lives - even outlasting the average Japanese and Swiss. This is primarily due to healthier lifestyle choices and eating habits.
|Disability Free Life Expectancy
Disability free life expectancy (DFLE), also referred to as healthy life years, is the number of years you are likely to live free of physical disabilities. A disability is considered an inability to care for yourself: to wash, dress, eat or get in and out of bed; as well as manage your money, use the telephone or carry out light housework. This measure is primarily used in Europe, although the United States and other countries have similar indexes. In general after the age of 65 women live on average 9 years disability free (and 8.8 years for men).
United States: According to the US Department of Health and Human Services women born in 2001-02 can expect to live 66.9 years free from activity limitation (63.6 years for men). Furthermore, one study showed that the medical cost of keeping a person disability-free for just one extra year above this average would cost about $71,000. There were few differences between gender and racial/ethnic groups.
|Top 10 Causes Of Death In American Women
All American Women
White American Women
Black American Women
Hispanic American Women
Asian or Pacific Islander American Women
For more detail see: Leading causes of death in women.
|Chance Of Surviving Major Illnesses
Cancer: Percentage of women who survive:
Female stroke survival rate:
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