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Canadians are Healthier Than Americans

A Harvard Medical School comparison of American and Canadian adults indicated Canadians are healthier than Americans in several areas.

The study reveals more Americans than Canadians have diabetes (6.7% versus 4.7%) and high blood pressure (18.3% vs. 13.9%).

In addition, 21% of Americans are obese, compared to 15% of Canadians.

13.5% of Americans have a very sedentary lifestyle, compared to 6.5% of Canadians.

It has been thought that some of Canada’s health advantage is due to its national health insurance program, which makes it easier to focus on prevention rather than primarily on treatment, as is the case in the United States.