Wednesday, December 12, 2007

U. S. Trends: Health up, smoking down

Health United States 2007
The good health news, just released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, contrasts in a very positive way with the fear-raising in most media. I do not share the old saying in journalism, bad news is good news. My fellow blogger against adverse health worries, Sandy Szwarc, gives a quite detailed overview of the report.

When reading mainstream news, we all may come to the false assumption that the whole world is full of risk factors and that we get sicker all the time. But, thanks to the new health report, we know that this is just not true. Period.

I have looked at a number of graphs in the report, many health graphs with an upward trend. The most important downward trend I have come across is smoking. There is a steep decline in most age groups with just one intermediate but not persistent peak in adolescents. I think that the decline in smoking plus a better protection against secondhand smoke is the most important factor leading to a life expectancy that never before has been as high as today.

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