How Healthy Are Women in South Dakota?

Women in South Dakota really like to live it up -- binge drinking, smoking, and filling up on unhealthy grub more than women in most other states.

Here’s the thing, though. They’re also pretty good about seeking preventative care, they have a long life expectancy, and they have some of the lowest rates of asthma and ovarian cancer in the country. Maybe a few simple lifestyle changes could make South Dakota one of the healthiest states in the union.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #40
2 Cases of breast cancer #23
3 Cases of asthma #3
4 Cases of lung cancer #8
5 Get Pap smears #27
6 Have health insurance #21
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #6
8 Get mammograms #19
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #31
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #4
11 Smoke cigarettes #39
12 Cases of depression #19
13 Die from gunshot wounds No Statistical Data Available
14 Cases of cervical cancer #14
15 Cases of heart disease #26
7 Go to the dentist #10
8 Cases of high cholesterol #17
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #46
10 Physically active #30
11 Live the longest #8
12 Cases of diabetes #7
13 Cases of high blood pressure #29
14 Are obese or overweight #24
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