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September 21, 2006

Those Canadians who live in far-flung areas run a grave risk of dying prematurely, as compared to the city-dwellers, primarily due to an increase in the rates of heart disease, diabetes and accidental injury, as stated by a report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

According to the researchers:

  • The key results point to rural Canadians being slightly less healthy than urban Canadians, and that's reflected in a higher mortality rate; the annual death rate per 100,000 population had increased by 14 per cent in rural Canada, compared with the urban areas.
  • Higher overall mortality rates among rural communities seem to be driven by higher death rates from causes such as circulatory diseases and injuries.
  • Risk factors such as smoking and obesity are reported more frequently among rural than urban residents, and this may contribute to the higher risk of dying prematurely from circulatory disease among rural and remote residents.

The evident differences in the urban-rural death rates were observed among the younger lot:

  • Canadians who are below 45 years of age ran a 30 percent risk of dying early.
  • The national suicide rate as reported stood at five deaths per 100,000 for those between the ages of five and 19.

Source: "Rural Canadians, Take Care Of Your Health,", September 20, 2006; based upon: "How Healthy Are Rural Canadians? An Assessment of Their Health Status and Health Determinants," Canadian Institute for Health Information, September 19, 2006.


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