Rural America has long claimed a reputation as a healthy place to live.
But the truth is that rural areas in the United States generally lag behind urban areas in many aspects of health.
A new study released this month by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the health situation for those living the country life.
Americans living in rural areas face a higher risk of dying from the five leading causes of death in the United States — heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, stroke, and unintentional injuries — compared with their urban counterparts.
“This report confirms the findings that we’ve seen in previous studies about rural populations tending to be older, poorer, and sicker,” Dr. Daniel Derksen, director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, told Healthline.
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