Health Declines with Prosperity

The definition of prosperity is multifaceted. However, you are not truly prosperous if in poor health. As reported on 8/15/18 in the British Medical Journal, by J.Y. Ho Ph. D. (USC, Los Angeles, CA) and A.S. Hendi Ph. D., Princeton U, Princeton, NJ, during 2014 to 2016, most high-income countries experienced declines in life expectancy from all-cause mortality among non-Hispanic (NH) whites, NH American Indians, and Alaskan Natives.

The leading causes of increased mortality in midlife were drug overdoses, alcohol-related conditions, suicides, and organ diseases involving multiple body systems (generally implicating liver, kidney, heart and lung diseases). These are all issues of our persisting crisis of excessive use/abuse of medications, and the unrelenting prevalence of lifestyle diseases.

Financially accessible is not synonymous with “good for you”.