Risk of Dying: Anne Arundel vs Maryland
Are we going to live longer or shorter by living in Anne Arundel County relative to other counties in Maryland? A new study published Tuesday in JAMA helps answer this question.
For instance, the risk for dying of heart disease is 37% higher in Anne Arundel County compared with Montgomery County. Baltimore city residents are 167% more likely to die of heart disease than Montgomery county.
Likewise, Anne Arundel County is nearly double the risk of dying of preventable heart disease and stroke when compared with Montgomery County.
The good news is that the risk of dying from heart disease decreased by 50% between 1980 and 2014.
Other interesting findings?
The percentage of adults over 20 with diabetes was lowest in Howard County at only 7%. Ann Arundel was 8.7% while Queen Anne’s County was only 8.1%. PG County was a whopping 11.8%.
Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity
Montgomery County again had the least number of lazy residents with only 15.7% loafers while Anne Arundel County came in at nearly 20%. Somerset was the worst with 30% of residents inactive during their leisure-time.
The least heavy was Montgomery County with only 19.7% followed closely by Howard County at 21.1%. Anne Arundel County 9th out of 24 counties with 28.8% of our residents considered obese. The heaviest county was Somerset with 42% of their residents over age 20 considered obese.
Maybe it’s in the air? Actually the air quality was worse in Montgomery County with an annual average ambient concentrations of PM2.5 of 11. Anne Arundel County was 10.9 compared to the worst, which was, not unsurprisingly, Baltimore City at 11.3.
The cleanest air in Maryland? St. Mary’s, Somerset and Calvert Counties with only 8.7, 8.8 and 8.9 respectively.
Another shocking statistic is that though 84% of the population of Montgomery county live within a half mile of a park, only 35% of Anne Arundel County residents have a park within a half mile.
“We know that unequal access and quality of care create health disparities in the US for many causes of death, while other causes are linked to risk factors or policies,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, a professor at the University of Washington, who was a co-author of the new study.
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