US Elderly Are Sicker Than Those in Other Countries
Why is the wealthiest country in the world producing sicker older adults? The study “International Survey of older adults finds shortcomings in access, coordination, and patient-centered care,” (you can read it here… ) found several disturbing facts:
- Americans are sicker than our counterparts abroad (they surveyed 11 countries)
- 68% are living with 2 or more chronic conditions
- 53% are taking 4 or more medications
They looked at 15,617 adults age 65 or older in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Due to Medicare in the US, all of the adults had medical coverage, so it was felt that this study was most representative of actual differences in care systems and outcomes.
US elderly were sicker, and had greater out-of-pocket expenses than their counterparts across the globe. The US outspends many of these countries by about 2 to 1 and we have the youngest population of elderly (meaning we are dying younger) yet we still are sicker!
The study doesn’t answer that question. I feel without a doubt we have incentives in our system of government and health care that distort how we spend our money and prevent us as a country from providing the safest food and water, as well as minimizing the toxins we expose our people to. You just need to look ahead to see where you and your family are headed. If you keep doing what everyone else is doing, you will get the results everyone else is getting.
This is why our motto at Integrative Pediatrics is “Safe Passage in a Changing World”.
You will do your best to avoid these bleak projections for your family if you:
- Drink filtered water (preferably reverse osmosis and charcoal filtered) Sadly, our municipal and ground water systems are loaded with herbicides and pesticides.
- Eat organic (and GMO- free) as much as you can. Many need to avoid gluten, at least in the US.
- Vaccinate carefully. Not while pregnant, and do so slowly when an infant and for the diseases that you are really at risk for. Get informed to give informed consent.
- Replace nutrient deficiencies. In most of the USA – we are all in need of extra vitamin D (1000 IU daily for infants, 5000 IU daily for teens and adults).
- Reduce stress.
- Add here your personal and family methods of improving health, reducing stress and building a healthy community.