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But, They Don't Have Charlie Sheen!

But, They Don't Have Charlie Sheen!

The headline is:

England 'healthier than the US'

Despite less investment in healthcare, people living in England have "better health", and that's a conclusion made via an American study. All American age groups show more problems with heart disease, cholesterol and diabetes.

The reason remains a mystery, says the US team, and challenges the idea that resources necessarily improve health.

It may be due to the UK's bigger drive on disease prevention, they say.

We do spend less on "preventative" measures than the UK. The potential usual explanations of obesity rates, alcohol use and level of physical activity DID NOT provide the explanation for the difference. Smoking is also not the answer.

"Insured versus uninsured" was also not the answer.

The researchers say: "Why health status differs so dramatically in these two countries, which share much in terms of history and culture, is an unresolved puzzle".

Public health experts suggested more generous holiday entitlements and more favourable working conditions in the UK might also play a part.

We do believe it is ironic that many employers in the United States provide health insurance for their employees .... but .... they may be a significant contributor (via work stress) to the employees developing problems, directly or indirectly, requiring medical care spending.

Read the full BBC article here.

Labels: Heart Disease, International, Lipids (Cholesterol), Type 2 Diabetes

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