As Life Expectancy Declines, Public Turns to Holistic Healthcare Models And Practices

Stephanie Higashi, founder of HEALTH ATLAST, discusses the decreasing life expectancy in the US.

For the first time in almost 25 years, the overall life expectancy for men and women living in the United States has declined(1). It’s now expected that a person born in 2015 will live approximately 78.8 years(1), an average that’s projected to be the lowest among wealthy nations by the year 2030(2). As more healthcare consumers realize how unhealthy lifestyle choices impact the liklihood of living longer, there is growing interest in integrated healthcare practices, like HEALTH ATLAST, which take a multidisciplinary approach to optimizing patients’ health.

The decline in life expectancy is multi-factored, but research suggests many lifestyle choices impact a person’s ability to live a longer life. As a nation, more than one-third of all adults are obese(3), which has already tied to an eight-year reduction in life span compared to non-obese individuals(4). Additionally, it’s possible the rates of obesity are helping to increase deaths from major health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes(1).

Also, unintentional injuries and overdoses leading to early death are on the rise as a result of the opioid crisis(1). Because opioids have been prescribed so excessively, over 2 million Americans have become dependent on them(5). Doctors see over 1,000 people each day in emergency departments nationwide for prescription opioid abuse(5).

Stephanie Higashi, founder of HEALTH ATLAST, says, “Even though we, as a country, spend an exorbitant amount of money on dealing with devastating health issues, we’re not extending our lives or improving their quality. In fact, we’re doing just the opposite: our life expectancy is…

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