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This infographic provided by Solstice Medicine provides a quick look at the factors that can help determine life expectancy and then compares the rates across the world. Surprisingly, the United States does not fare as well as you would expect. Dozens of countries rank ahead of the U.S. including many less wealthy and less industrialized countries. Japan ranks the best and for life expectancy and even Cuba is in front of the United States. And it doesn’t get much better when you look at infant mortality rates as the U.S. falls behind here as well with Cuba again faring better than their Northern neighbors.
Transcript of the Infographic The Impact of Poor Health:
The United States spends more than any other country on healthcare, but still ranks nearly last among industrialized countries in life expectancy and infant mortality rate. The reason why these other countries are healthier than the U.S. can be found in the allotment of funds for social services, subsidies, training programs and pensions.
World Life Expectancy Map
- Even Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the US according to the U.N. and to the CIA World Factbook.
- Americans have a lower life expectancy, and an infant mortality rate that is much higher than other rich industrialized countries
What Countries Life expexpectancy is better than the U.S.
- 82.7 years Life expectancy at birth in Japan
- 78.2 years Life expectancy at birth in the U.S.
- Number of deaths/1,000 live births. Last three years average
- Infant mortality rate and the status of women are mutually related, as stated in several studies focusing on women’s educational status, economic status and autonomy
Contrasts of health care spending and achievement
- While some countries achieve high life expectancy with a little cost on health care, others spend heavily but maintain a relative low position in life expectancy rank.
- In the graph below, the most intriguing comparison is between the U.S. and Cuba: Cuba achieves a life expectancy very similar to the U.S., while spending less than $200 per person on health care. The expense on health care in the U.S. hit the highest rank in the world, with $4,400 per person.
- America has the most fragmented health care system amongst the rich industrialized countries.
- There are several different programs managed at federal and state levels. This contributes to a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy.
- On average, over 30% of the funds disappear in administration costs, compared to less than 10% in other rich countries.
The consequences of poor health on our body
The relationship between poverty and adverse outcomes for individuals is complex, in part because most variables, like health status, can be both a cause and a result of poverty. Some research
Poor diet effects on health
- Our organism need essential nutrients, such as protein, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals.
- A poor diet affect the body with consequences like weight loss, fatigue and weakness.
- Fatigue is the most common sign of a poor diet: cereal and white toast have little nutritional facts (which is why they are called empty calories).
- Muffins, pastries and other packaged breakfast release a quick sugar high, but they do not contain the carbohydrates and fibers that supply energy to the body.
- Poor nutrition can be also a factor of many dreaded diseases: high blood pressure and heart stroke are related to malnutrition, and they can result in arteriosclerosis and diabetes
- Children in families with incomes below the poverty level actually consume more meat than do children in families with higher incomes (roughly $65,000 for a family of four).
Poor oral health
- Periodontitis and sometimes cavities are common in patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). They can dangerously raise the morbidity curve because of sistemic consequences (infections, protein-energy wasting, and arteriosclerosis.
- Alcohol produces small brain and cell damage. If absorbed in big quantity, Alcohol would cause liver problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, together with breaking normal sleep patterns and causing insomnia and stress.
- Smoke produces many side effects like lung cancer and heart disease
Lack of sleep and physical exercise
- Mental and emotional causes can raise stress, anxiety and consequently produce sleep disorder. Also sleeping pills should be avoided without tight medical control, because of their side effects.