Even though Hawaii has been declared the healthiest state in the nation for the fifth time in a row, officials say that there is still room for improvement. On Wednesday, December 14th, the United Health Foundation published a report containing the results of multiple screenings on Hawaii residents. The health data gathered in the process shows that Hawaiians are healthier than people who reside in other areas of the country.
According to the information pulled from Hawaii residents, the researchers have recorded a 38 percent increase in vaccination against the human papillomavirus among teenage girls with ages between 13 and 17. Also, the records also show a 4-percent decrease in deaths linked to drug overdose over the course of the past two years. Moreover, only 5 percent of the Hawaii population does not benefit from health insurance. As opposed to other states, only one in 20 Hawaiians lack health insurance.
However, Dr. Virginia Pressler, Health Director says that even though the department has been pleased with the results so far, there is still room for improvement. According to Dr. Pressler, some health areas, as well as several population groups have not been taken into account at the time the study was conducted.
Hence, although the screenings show a 13-percent decrease in diabetes over the past years, officials estimate that there are still undiagnosed cases that might sum up to a total of 54 percent of Hawaii residents suffering from prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
According to the Administrator for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, Lola Irvin, state officials did not fully understand the pervasiveness of either prediabetes or type 2 diabetes until recently.
During the past 27 years, Hawaii has been alternating between the first and sixth place, as far as individuals’ health is concerned.
Hawaii Strong Suits
When it comes to preventing heart attacks, hospitalization, cancer deaths, obesity, mental health issues, and a wide range of heart diseases, Hawaii ranks top 3 in the nation.
Also, most Hawaiians are aware of their own safety, so seat belt use is a common occurrence in the state. Eating disorders are also easily avoided by Hawaii residents, and weight-related issues seem to be in the past.
Room for Improvement
When it comes to excessive drinking, salmonella, water fluoridation, chronic drinking, and cholesterol check, the state officials say that there is still room for improvement in these areas.
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