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Your zip code may factor into your health

CDC: Zip Code More Important To Health Than Genetic Code

New findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show your zip code could be a critical factor for your health and longevity - even more important than your genetic code.

Researchers looked at the country's leading causes of death - heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidents - which, according to the CDC, account for about 900,000 premature deaths every year.

They then compared the numbers of the healthiest states, Vermont, Colorado and Utah, to the other 47 states. And the results showed the most unhealthy region is the Southeast, also known as the stroke belt.

"There is a higher rate of stroke there, probably because of factors like higher rates of obesity, lack of exercise. ... What is the access to medical in these different states? ... What are the prevention and public health strategies in place?"

According to the CDC director: "That's a reflection of the huge impact that healthier policies can have. ... Even if each community identifies just one issue, we can make a big difference in preventable deaths."

"Healthier states were more likely to have things like strict tobacco control policies and communities that encourage exercise by building sidewalks and making school playgrounds open to the public."

Researchers found more than 100,000 deaths per year could be prevented if the more unhealthy states adopted healthier habits and regulations.

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china May 03 2014 at 3:46 PM

where do we ck our zip codes?

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rring10722 china May 03 2014 at 4:07 PM


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amos1950 May 03 2014 at 2:44 PM

where are the zip codes? This aol has to be the most news similar to bait and switch ploy of a used car dealer ever.

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rvheaney May 03 2014 at 2:43 PM

In Calififorina it,s all the liberals that make you sick and die young !

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yamel86 May 03 2014 at 2:31 PM

Where are the zip codes? Misleading article again.

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rvheaney yamel86 May 03 2014 at 2:41 PM

Not as misleading as the stinking Huffing Puffing Post !

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Tom Frawley May 03 2014 at 2:25 PM

Stupid article. Large number of retire-ees live in the south east. Everyone dies of something. No one gets out alive.

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hayesinrussia Tom Frawley May 03 2014 at 2:38 PM

Exactly so.

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Ron Tom Frawley May 03 2014 at 2:38 PM

Maybe Florida, but definitely NOT Tennessee, Ohio or Arkansas. The article was about PREVENTING 100,000 UNNEEDED DEATHS per year., which INCLUDES RETIREES. Stupid comment.

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James M. Adams Ron May 03 2014 at 2:43 PM

Give an example of a needed death

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rvheaney Ron May 03 2014 at 2:46 PM

Ron I can tell you are a liberal by your nasty reply !

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terry May 03 2014 at 2:18 PM

at least give me the option to delete these ads! we are bombarded thousands of times every day, it would be nice to have a choice as ti whether or not we choose to be sateruated day and night. i will never purchase anything that thinks they can convince me to buy it with some stupid commercial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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karpni terry May 03 2014 at 2:23 PM

Boy do I agree with that. Some ads give the option to delete them after few seconds. I support those products because of lthis very issue. Vote with your valet!!!!

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hayesinrussia terry May 03 2014 at 2:41 PM

Absolutely right. Stop the bombardment, please

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pftpres May 03 2014 at 2:17 PM

Are they really suggesting more health related "regulation?" Don't they realize that real, patriotic, Americans )like those who live in the Red States) cherish the liberty to suffer and die from diseases that regulations and Obamacare (increased access to "socialized Medicaid") could remedy? Good health is just another Communist plot!

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Ron pftpres May 03 2014 at 2:41 PM

That has got to be the stupidest, dumbest and mind-numbing post I've read in a LONG TIME.
Go back and read the article or watch the video if you're unable to read and comprehend and NO ONE SAYS WE WANT YOU TO LIVE LONGER, duh.

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randihpnc246 May 03 2014 at 2:14 PM

I live in NC. We love our fried chicken. The best entertainment is to go to buffet places and watch some of the fattest people stuff themselves.

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toms23456 randihpnc246 May 03 2014 at 2:27 PM

I hope you are being facetious.What you call entertainment makes my sick

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yamel86 randihpnc246 May 03 2014 at 2:33 PM

I live in Va. and have done some good eating in N.C. Especially seafood on the Outer Banks.

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galeww May 03 2014 at 2:08 PM

What's with these 30 second AOL commercials? Really? I'd be happy to return to $19.95 a month to avoid them. I will never buy Hefty bags again--am totally sick of seeing their ad time after time after time. Sheesh!

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rvheaney galeww May 03 2014 at 2:48 PM

AOL is not worth $00.01 a month !

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corey39184 May 03 2014 at 2:00 PM

While heart disease is the #1 killer, it's been said cancer will be "it" in 2030...Sure, lifestyle and diet plays a big role, but does genetics and environment. I feel we have more control lowering the risk of heart woes than some cancers. Sad, too bad there can't be a cure in the 21st century.

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