Longevity vs. Quality of Life
POSTED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 5:52pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — El Pasoans have an average life expectancy of 75 years old, according to world life expectancy report, women in the sun city live up to the age of 82 and men up to 76, doctor Hector Ocaranza says that the statistics are good but there's still some work to do…
"People are living a little bit longer but the quality of life it might not be improved there's a little discrepancy in this that if you live longer you might have a better life" El Paso county health authority said.
An estimated 200-thousand El Pasoans don't have health insurance, congressman Beto O'Rourke says he's aware of the problem, and is trying to work toward a solution.
"Doing the humane and the right thing to do, to cover all these people that's why the problems, and there are problems with the affordable act, "obamacare" we need to work for those problems" the congressman said.
In addition, according to the department of public health 35 percent of El Paso residents don't go to the doctor regularly, 26 percent of high school students suffer from obesity and 26 percent smoke, this is why they're starting a campaign to create awareness.
"Exercising more regularly at least between half an hour to an hour would help us decrease the risk of diabetes, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease" Ocaranza concluded.
A west El Paso resident says the key is to break some bad health habits.
"We’re creatures of habit we do the same things over and over again, we do what our parents did so we copy their behaviors, so if we want changes in our children, it has to start with us first"