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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Listen up, Sandwiched Boomers. For the first time since the influenza epidemic of 1918, life expectancy is falling for 1 in 5 American women. The downward trend, more evident in rural and lower income areas, seems to be driven by an increase in deaths related to high blood pressure, smoking and weight. More than 30% of the U.S. population is obese and 60% is overweight - which is often asociated with diabetes and heart disease.

There is some speculation that stress also plays a part in these new statistics. And who would know that better than women of the Sandwich Generation, who are handling increasing responsibilities with parents growing older and children growing up. So notice your behaviors that can be modified, such as smoking, poor diet or lack of exercise. It may not be easy, but make a commitment to take better care of your health - for your own sake and the benefit of your family.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great wakeup call. The experts tell us to take care of ourselves but when I hear this kind of a statistic, it hits home hard. Patricia

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as much as i appreciate this information, i don't know where to find the time with a fultime job, 3pre-teens to drive to all their after school activities and a mom with dementia about to move in.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take care of myself and exercise regularly, even though it's at the expense of time with my mom. She accepts it, at least for now, and I feel less resentful when I do go over to help her out.

7:07 PM  

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