Here’s a new interactive map from Measure of America that maps the life expectancy at birth. It’s pretty obvious that living in cities/high population density is one of the largest contributions to life expectancy. New York is ranked #3 and Mississippi is dead last with a 6 year difference.

Wealth = health
Education = health

Poor, rural America, for the most part, does not equal health. 

In Less than 10 years, Either You or Your Spouse Will have Diabetes

  • By 2020, 50% of Americans will be afflicted by diabetes.
  • The cost to America will be $3.35 TRILLION.
  • The direct medical bills, today at $11,700 per diabetic, will be about 10% of total healthcare spending by 2020.
  • There are 26 million diabetics in the US alone, and another 67 millions are what’s considered pre-diabetic.
  • Over 80% of prediabetics don’t even know they are at risk.

via Fooducate (and don’t forget about their iPhone app!)

In Less than 10 years, Either You or Your Spouse Will have Diabetes

Evolution typically works through environmental stressors. The environment becomes harsher, a gene mutates, and that gene propagates throughout the population because the mutant is actually better able to deal with the environment.

But what happens when the environment in which we live isn’t overly harsh, but overly productive? Our consumer culture over-produces and over-consumes. We have a huge excess of calories in everything, especially cheap sugars and fats.

Does this mean that genes that determine your level of self-control are now evolutionarily more advantageous? Is this massive amount of calories we can consume now an evolutionary stressor?

Is it now beneficial for the population of people to have a large number of individuals with strong self-control genes?