The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation’s counties—many of them rural and in the South and West. Curiously, for men, life expectancy has held steady or improved in nearly all counties.
The study is the latest to spot this pattern, especially among disadvantaged white women. Some leading theories blame higher smoking rates, obesity and less education, but several experts said they simply don’t know why.
Researchers also don’t know exactly how many women are affected. Ms. Montez says a good estimate is roughly 12%.
It’s time to get serious about a healthy lifestyle. May I suggest The Advanced Mediterranean Diet?