New study ranks Washington in top 10 for life expectancy

OLYMPIA, Wash. - According to a new study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, Washington state ranked 9 out of 50 states for life expectancy at birth for both sexes combined.

In 1990, the life expectancy at birth for men was 73.8. In 2016, the life expectancy was 78.1. For women, the life expectancy at birth was 79.8 in 1990, and 82.3 in 2016.

“This study showed that Washington state has made progress in reducing mortality; however, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, and tobacco use continue to pose health challenges in our communities,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health.

The study listed the top three leading risk factors for health in Washington state during 2016 as alcohol and drug abuse, high body mass index (BMI), and tobacco use.

As of 2016, Hawaii had the highest life expectancy at 81.3 years, while Mississippi had the lowest at 74.7 years. Other states with a high life expectancy were California at 80.9 years, Connecticut at 80.8 years, and Minnesota at 80.8 years.

You can find the full study here.




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