The study found that less than 7% of Americans have good heart health, with minorities and less educated people suffering the most.
- A new study has found that only 7% of Americans have optimal heart health, and those numbers have been declining in recent years.
- Researchers blame much of the decline in heart health on the rise in obesity and diabetes.
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Americans every year, even holding the title during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- People with low levels of education and those from ethnic minorities have been found to be at the greatest risk of declining heart health.
A staggeringly small number of Americans have good heart health, according to a new study.
Researchers at Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts area, found that only seven percent of Americans have good cardiometabolic health.
Concerned though, the results are not surprising as the poor health of the average American has been well reported for years, making it one of the biggest mysteries for health officials.
What is surprising is the level to which some social determinants affect a person’s heart health, with people with less education or those from an ethnic minority being more likely to have poor health.
New study finds only 7% of Americans have optimal heart health, with rising obesity and diabetes considered a disadvantage at best (file photo)
“These numbers are amazing. “It is very problematic that in the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, less than 1 in 15 adults have optimal cardiometabolic health,” Megan O’Hearn, a doctoral student at Tufts University and lead author of the study, said in her report. statement.
“We need a complete overhaul of our healthcare system, food system and built environment because this is a crisis for everyone, not just one segment of the population.”
The researchers, who published their findings on Monday in Journal of the American College of Cardiologycollected data on 55,000 people aged 20 and over from 1999 to 2018 for the study.
The last ten rounds of health and nutrition surveys were analyzed.
Each participant’s data was assessed on five key health components, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, overweight and how much, and the development of cardiovascular disease.
Only seven percent of American adults ranked optimally in all five categories.
In both the blood sugar and overweight categories, rates have deteriorated significantly in the two decades for which the data was collected.
This trend has been recognized by health officials in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of Americans are obese, and more than 70 percent are overweight.
The CDC also reports that one in ten Americans also has diabetes.
Both numbers have increased rapidly since the turn of the century, largely due to poor dietary habits and the number of Americans leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of death for Americans, even holding that title during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a health crisis that we’ve been dealing with for some time now,” O’Hearn said.
What surprised the researchers was that they broke the data down by race and education level.
They found that less educated adults were half as likely to have optimal heart health as their more educated peers.
While the number of white Americans with good heart health is low, it actually increased from 1999 to 2019, while there was a decline among Mexican Americans, Hispanics, and blacks.
“It’s really problematic,” Dr. Dariusz Mozaffarian, study author and dean of Tufts University, said in a statement.
“Social determinants of health, such as food security, social and community context, economic stability, and structural racism, place people of different levels of education, race, and ethnicity at increased risk of health problems.”