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.
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