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Increasing your chances of a long, healthy life

June 6, 2018

The New York Times interviews Christopher J.L. Murray, director of the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

In a personal health column for The New York Times, Jane Brody discusses the state-by-state study on disease produced by IHME and interviews IHME Director Christopher J.L. Murray.

Brody said the big impact on people's life is how they live: whether they smoke, what and how much they eat, and whether they abuse alcohol or drugs. These, along with high levels of blood sugar and blood pressure, both of which are influenced by diet, are the main factors dictating poor health.

“About three-fourths of the variation in life expectancy between counties can be explained by these big risk factors,” Dr. Murray, epidemiologist and health economist at the University of Washington, said in an interview. “Much more is due to the sociocultural environment, especially what people eat, than to their genes or the physical environment.”