How Healthy Are Women in Louisiana?

Ladies in Louisiana have among the lowest rates of asthma and skin cancer in the nation.

The good news just about ends there. Louisiana flounders when it comes to crucial health factors like eating a proper diet, exercising, and holding health insurance -- these rates are all just about the worst in the country.

But at least those with insurance are using it well. The average Louisiana lady is more likely to get routine health screenings (like Pap smears and mammograms) than in most other states.

See where Louisiana ranks on the health issues below. Remember, #1 is healthiest; #50 is least healthy.

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #18
2 Cases of breast cancer #11
3 Cases of asthma #2
4 Cases of lung cancer #26
5 Get Pap smears #17
6 Have health insurance #49
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #4
8 Get mammograms #21
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #46
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #10
11 Smoke cigarettes #42
12 Cases of depression #21
13 Die from gunshot wounds #37
14 Cases of cervical cancer #34
15 Cases of heart disease #48
7 Go to the dentist #41
8 Cases of high cholesterol #31
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #48
10 Physically active #48
11 Live the longest #46
12 Cases of diabetes #46
13 Cases of high blood pressure #47
14 Are obese or overweight #40
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