A new survey has proved that Hawaii is the healthiest state. According to the United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities, Hawaii was named for the fifth time in a row as being the healthiest state. This year represents the 27th year since this ranking of healthy states has been taken place.
The ranking is bound to provide an analysis based on available health information to establish state rankings and national benchmarks. Over the past 27 years, Hawaii has occupied from first to the sixth position in the ranking system. Dr. Virginia Pressler, the Health Director of Hawaii, argued that their department is thrilled with the results of the ranking, reflecting that the population of their state maintains a healthy lifestyle.
She also added that even if their state was listed as the healthiest one, there are still some areas which need to be remembered as not being encapsulated in the data. They still need to work on their health system, paying attention to those groups which do not benefit from good health status to offer everyone the opportunity to lead a healthy life.
The health improvements which were described in the report included about 4% diminishing in drug-related deaths reported over the last two years. What is more, there was reported a 38% increase in vaccinating girls with ages between 13 and 17 years old to protect them from human papillomavirus. In Hawaii, only 5% of the population do not have a health insurance, compared with other states where this percentage is a lot higher.
Based on the data gathered by the report, diabetes was said to have diminished by approximately 13% over the last year. Nevertheless, the data only reflects the people who were already diagnosed with this disease. If there were to count also those individuals who were not yet diagnosed, it is believed that almost 54% of Hawaii’s population suffers from type 2 diabetes.
Lola Irvin, the Administrator for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, asserted that these statistics had revealed the prevalence of type 2 prediabetes and diabetes which affects their state. As the screening rates are gradually improving, officials expect to notice an increase in the number of people who are forced to live with prediabetes and diabetes.
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