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Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9:E177. doi: 10.5888/pcd9.120143.

State variations of chronic disease risk factors in older Americans.

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University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL 33136, USA. STannenbaum@med.miami.edu

Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine and compare 3 key health behaviors associated with chronic disease (ie, risky drinking, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle). We used data from the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 through 2010 to calculate the prevalence of these behaviors among older Americans and rank each state, and we analyzed overall trends in prevalence for each behavior over the 14 years. Older adults residing in Arkansas and Montana had the worst chronic disease risk profile compared with other states. These findings indicate the need for improved or increased targeted interventions in these states.

PMID:
23256910
PMCID:
PMC3528304
DOI:
10.5888/pcd9.120143
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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