Where You Live Says A Lot About Your Death
Where you live in the United States may determine how you die, a new study suggests.
While people in the southeastern part of the country will more likely to die of heart disease, people in the southwest are at higher risk of dying from suicide or homicide.
Ali Mokdad, a professor at the University of Washington, reviewed mortality data for more than 80.4 million records between 1980 and 2014 to conclude what causes a person’s death in each county of the United States.
Mokdad said by splitting the data up into counties, his analysis could help county and city health departments to target more specific problems, CBS reports.
“You can see what kind of disparities we have, and what are driving these disparities,” Mokdad said, CBS reported. “Many counties, especially rural counties, don’t have the resources to tackle every health problem, and so they need to prioritize.”
Not only did Mokdad find disparities between states; the researcher also found large deficits from county-to-county.
While people living in parts of Colorado tend to drink more causing them to die from cirrhosis or other chronic liver diseases, the northern and central part of the state benefits from “living healthier than anywhere else,” Mokdad said.
The issues most likely to mainly impact death trends is social and economic factors, access to health care, quality of health care and preventable risky behaviors.