Study: Americans sicker than British

November 7th, 2010 - 11:26 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Nov 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Middle aged and older Americans are likely to get sicker than their British counterparts. At least that is what a new research suggests. The research however found that Americans manage to live as long as British mainly due to quality health care and drugs.

Researchers used available data to compare Americans with British. The researcher were able to do the comparison because of the availability of completes statistics for both countries. The researchers concentrated on only the British people and left out immigrants from the research. Likewise in America, Blacks and Latinos were not included in the subject of the study.

The researchers also left out most of the generations out of the survey. They concentrated on only subjects at the age groups of 55-to-64 and 70-to-80. 2002 to 2006 data was used and it was found that Americans were prone to sicknesses compared to their British counterparts.

The findings of the research were published in the journal, Dermography in Nov. 4.

Co-author of the research, James P. Smith who is a senior economist at the Rand Corp explained that, “There are about 56 million Americans over age 60. If we had the English rate of cancer instead of the American rate, there would be 4 million fewer Americans over age 60 with cancer. Similarly, if we had the English rate of diabetes instead of the American rate, there would be 3.5 million fewer Americans over age 60 with diabetes. In both cases, that would cut the numbers almost in half.”

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