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Massage clients mirror the larger U.S. population, with some in top physical condition and others presenting in ill health or with medical conditions. New research shows four risk factors, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and obesity, account for a substantial amount of the disparity in life expectancy among Americans.
These four preventable risk factors are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States each year through the chronic diseases they create, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, according to a statement from the Public Library of Science, which published the research. These risk factors are estimated to reduce life expectancy in the United States by 4.9 years in men and 4.1 years in women.
The researchers found that a person's place of residence and ethnicity are predictors of health and life expectancy. Among the results:
• The Asian American subgroup