ATLANTA (WAOK) – Seniors who live in the South could have fewer healthy years at the end of their lives than seniors in other parts of the country. That’s a key finding in a new state-by-state study on healthy life expectancy, or HLE, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It shows HLE was generally lower in the Southern states than in other regions, partly because of high rates of diabetes and stroke. Mississippi was the state with the lowest HLE at just under eleven healthy years after age 65. Hawaii had the highest HLE among the 50 states at just over 16 healthy years after a senior reaches 65 years old.
ATLANTA - MAY 05: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and acting CDC Director Richard Besser, M.D. hold a press briefing at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, May 5, 2009. The two discussed develeopments in the H1N1 flu. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)File photo of a sign in the CDC's headquarters. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)