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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Louis area residents are a lot healthier today, than they were ten years ago, according to some new statistics.
This new report, released by the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, finds some major health gains here since the year 2000 — including some big drops in mortality rates:
The rate of heart disease mortality fell 29 percent in the region between 2000 and 2010. Diabetes mortality rates declined 24 percent, stroke mortality rates fell 30 precent in the region, and cancer mortality rates in St. Louis dropped between 11 and 24 percent.
But this report found health disparities continue to persist in the St. Louis area — especially when it comes to diabetes, infant mortality and murder. And we’re seeing no decline in obesity or smoking rates.