The predicted life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among developed nations. Why?

According to a recently released high profile study conducted jointly by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO), the current and predicted life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among developed nations.

Why?

Researchers looked at lifespans in 35 industrialized countries and found that American lifespans appear to be slowly lowering, as lifespans in many other countries are rising.

Lead researcher Majid Ezzati said “the U.S. is very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected. It is the only rich country without universal health care.”

Researchers concluded that at present average female life expectancy is highest in France (88.6), Japan (88.4), Spain (88.1) and Switzerland (87.7).

South Korea is the home of the longest living men, followed by Australia, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands.

Not mentioned in the study, but interesting, nevertheless, several years back Korea alone escaped the bird flu epidemic that affected Asia. At the time they insisted that their daily intake of their traditional fermented food kimchi  protected their immune systems against the raging flu.

Perhaps there is something to their claim. Kimchi as a health food has swept around the world to the wise and open-minded, countries and individuals adapting and creating their own tasty and health-protecting version of fermented kimchi.

Meanwhile,  American life expectancy averages are 83 for women and 80 for men. U.S. life expectancy rates are below Chile and similar to middle income states in the study, such as Mexico and Croatia.

Ezzati says that despite the high cost of American health care and the medical interventions that often prolong life, American diets are often very poor and consist of nutritionally deficient fast and processed foods.

Poor diet is particularly damaging during early life and the formative years.

Ezzati believes that access to health care, a wholesome diet (particularly in childhood) and low obesity rates are more indicative of a long and healthy life than chemical interventions that may prolong an unhealthy lifestyle.

He added that in most countries men traditionally have unhealthier lifestyles of smoking, drinking, road accidents and homicides.

Americans have many health-damaging adversities to contend with. While excellent life-saving and medical intervention techniques have proved beneficial to many, we are falling behind in preventive health education.

Our addiction to nutrient-deficient foods, selective health care in the medical industry, and often damaging ‘quick fixes’ from Big Pharma appear to statistically erase the benefits of truly miraculous modern treatments.

The bottom line is eat good whole foods, especially during pregnancy, care for babies and toddlers with this kind of diet and have an active lifestyle.

Buy or grow organic when possible, and learn about the supplemental  whole food vitamins and minerals you may need.

Those are the basic, simple things you can do to promote life expectancy in the U.S.