Paradise Paradox: Why Life in Hawaii Leads to Early Death

Research conducted at the University of Michigan reveals that native Hawaiians die earlier than white Americans, and those over 65 die earlier than African Americans of the same age.

This alarming trend was revealed after the U.S. Census separated Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders from the country’s Asian population. The lower mortality of other Asian groups has historically masked the premature death rate of Hawaiians.

According to Time Healthland:

“While it's not clear what is behind the higher Hawaiian mortality, the study authors speculate that high obesity rates and diabetes, as well as mental illness and substance abuse among younger members may be contributing factors. The higher infant mortality may also be traced to lack of good prenatal care among the island's new mothers.”

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