Sunday, October 17

4 graphs that show the great difference in life expectancy in different cities of Latin America

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In Mexico and Brazil, the difference between cities is more marked, due to violence.

The average life expectancy of a country is a key indicator to get an idea of ​​both the health of a population, as well as other factors – both economic and social – that make it possible for men and women to reach a certain age.

However, this parameter hides the immense variability that exists in different cities in the same country and between different cities in the same region, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine * that analyzes the longevity and mortality of 363 cities from nine countries from Latin America.

Brazil, Mexico or Colombia have the highest variability between their cities -with differences of up to between 7 and 10 years- while Chile, Costa Rica and Panama have a relatively uniform pattern and some of their cities have the longest life expectancy (81- 82 years for women; 75-77 for men).

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“We explored the factors that can explain these differences between cities and found that cities social and living conditions they are very predictive of life expectancy, “Usama Bilal, a researcher at Drexel University, in the United States, and co-author of the research, tells BBC Mundo.

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