SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico health officials have released a report that looks at the effects of economic status on health.
Health Secretary Retta Ward says many factors can influence a person's health and those with low economic status often experience more barriers in receiving preventative health care.
The report shows more than one in four adults in New Mexico ages 45 and older has been diagnosed with two or more chronic diseases, such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
The top reasons for inpatient hospitalization among those 65 and older are heart disease, influenza, and pneumonia.
The report also includes some positive findings. Suicide attempts among high school students have decreased since 2003 and teen smoking is on the decline, dropping from 30 percent in 2003 to 19.9 percent in 2011.
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