A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that people living in Montgomery County have a longer life expectancy than the national average of 79.08 years, writes Joel Achenbach for The Washington Post.
The national average has been on the rise recently, due to advances in medicine and people paying more attention to their diet. Montgomery County has been keeping pace with this trend with an average life expectancy of 80.85 years.
However the report, compiled by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, paints a bleak picture for many other areas of the country.
“Life expectancy in many places in this country is declining. It’s going backward instead of forward,” said Ali Mokdad, co-author of the report and a professor at the Institute.
Many of the causes of lower life expectancy are well known such as lack of exercise, income and access to quality health care. This has resulted in the U.S. falling behind many other affluent nations such as Australia.
“We are falling behind our competitors in health. That is going to impact our productivity. That’s going to take away our competitive edge when it comes to the economy,” said Mokdad.
Statewide, only Centre County (634.65), Pike County (663.06), Union County (667.06) and Chester County (671.87) has a lower deaths per 100,000 residents tally than Montgomery County’s (697.62).
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