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Zip Code & Life Expectancy Could be Connected, CDC Report Says

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A CDC report suggests that there's a correlation between your life expectancy and your zip code. The data looks at the five most common causes of death in the U.S. each year:  heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke, and unintentional injuries.

Together, these causes contributed to 63 percent of the deaths from 2008-2010.  That's about 900,000 people every year.

Then the CDC looked at each number, state by state and found that we might be able to prevent at least a third of those deaths.  For example, in the healthiest states, people exercise more, eat better and smoke less.

Researchers say if all states could achieve the lowest observed death rates for all five categories, thousands of lives could be saved every year.

And researchers admit this is hypothetical because you may be able to avoid one cause of death, like heart attack, but then be more likely to die of an accident or cancer.

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