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People in England healthier than US

9th March 2011

New research has revealed a transatlantic health gap between England and America.


Research published in the US has shown that while there is less investment in healthcare in England than in America, people in England are enjoying better health than their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic.

Data on 100,000 people was examined and it showed that in terms of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease markers, American citizens are less healthy.

Researchers remain uncertain as to the reasons but suspect it may be that there is a bigger drive on prevention of disease in England.

It also challenges that idea that increased resources improve health.

Writing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 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.

“Given our finding of health differences between the US and England at young ages, a promising focus of future research - one that could help to elucidate the causes of poor health across the life course - is on health differences between countries at the earliest ages.”

The English lifestyle with more favourable working conditions in England might also play a part.

However, the Department of Health acknowledged there was still room for improvement in England.

A spokesman said: “Whilst in some areas our outcomes may be favourable compared with those in the US, we are still clear that we have a long way to go before we achieve outcomes comparable with the best performing health systems.”


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