Health Benefits of High Elevation
Colorado has many, many appeals, but did you know that living here is actually good for your health? Recent studies have indicated that there are definite health benefits to living at altitude.
A report released in July by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit group that focuses on health issues, found that Colorado had the lowest obesity rate (19.8 percent) in the U.S. It was the only state under 20 percent. It’s also a healthy state, with lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Yes, Colorado isn’t the only “active” state. What Colorado has that other states don’t is altitude. With an average altitude of 6,800 feet above sea level, it’s the highest state in the U.S.
A study published this year in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that living at higher altitude may have a protective effect on ischemic heart disease. Researchers note that Colorado has the nation’s lowest death rate from heart disease and has lower rates of lung and colon cancer.
The only downfall to the elevation is higher ultraviolet intensity, so wear your sunscreen and reapply! Also, people with lung issues may find it more difficult to live in Colorado due to the thin air.
We hope this instills a sense of gratitude for this great state!