How Healthy Are Women in North Dakota?

North Dakota sure takes health to heart. Here, women have less heart-related health issues—like diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease—than in most other states. Its low incidence of asthma is also nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it’s North Dakota’s most impressive health standing!

But there’s always room for improvement, and high rates of binge drinking and skin cancer are bringing North Dakota down. By easing up on the drinks—and slathering on the SPF—the state could boast an even healthier lifestyle.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #48
2 Cases of breast cancer #17
3 Cases of asthma #5
4 Cases of lung cancer #12
5 Get Pap smears #34
6 Have health insurance #8
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #44
8 Get mammograms #25
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #41
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #11
11 Smoke cigarettes #28
12 Cases of depression #29
13 Die from gunshot wounds No Statistical Data Available
14 Cases of cervical cancer #27
15 Cases of heart disease #8
7 Go to the dentist #19
8 Cases of high cholesterol #12
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #26
10 Physically active #31
11 Live the longest #6
12 Cases of diabetes #8
13 Cases of high blood pressure #16
14 Are obese or overweight #30
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