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Key Results Of British-American Health Care Study

Researchers found U.S. citizens in late middle age were less healthy than their English counterparts on a number of measures, including:

o Diabetes prevalence was twice as high in the U.S. (12.5%) than in England (6.1% )

o Hypertension was around 10% higher in the U.S.

o Smoking behavior was similar in both countries: about one in five people between the ages of 55 and 64 years smoke.

o Obesity rates were much higher in the U.S.

o Heavy drinking was more common in England.

o Those in the top education and income level in the U.S. had rates of diabetes and heart disease close to those in the bottom education and income level in England.

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association