Study: Quantity of life now effecting quality of life
Originally published: Jul 15, 2013 - 2:40 pm
A long life doesn't always imply a happy one.
Recent findings said there is a significant gap between total life span, the amount of time people are alive, and a healthy life span, the amount of time that same person is healthy, in America.
According to Yahoo!, Americans spend approximately 10 years of their lives suffering from long- or short-term disabilities or illnesses.
In the past 20 years, life expectancy has increased by three years, but it may not be much to rejoice about when considering there has also been spikes in psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and chronic muscle, back and joint pain.
Not only are Americans paying physically during those added years of life, but they're also spending more than double what other countries are in health care costs.
Ultimately, Americans are only hurting themselves worrying about how long they live versus how well they live.
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