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How healthy do you think you are?  Good?  Pretty good?  Not so good?

Here in the US, we’re…..not so good, but, not so bad, at least compared to other countries.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, a large-scale collaboration funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to assess trends in health and disease in 187 countries, has released its rankings of the top 10 countries with the highest healthy life expectancies.
What’s a healthy life expectancy?  Simple.  It is the number of years that a person can expect to live in good health. It takes into account number of deaths as well as years of health lost to disability.

How did we do?  The United States tied Norway for 29th place in male healthy life expectancy and tied Estonia for 33rd place in highest female healthy life expectancy, with
Japan being the healthiest nation for men and women, a title it was first given by the same study in 1990

Here are the top Male Healthy Life Expectancy countries:
1. Japan
2. Singapore
3. Switzerland
4. Spain
5. Italy
6. Australia
7. Canada
8. Andorra
9. Israel
10. South Korea

And, for Women:
1. Japan
2. South Korea
3. Spain
4. Singapore
5. Taiwan
6. Switzerland
7. Andorra
8. Italy
9. Australia
10. France

By the way, Burkina Faso and Liberia came in dead last for Male and Female life expectancy.

I guess we have a little work to do, don’t we.

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