Life expectancy in the US has decreased. That's troubling
- Life expectancy in the U.S. last year decreased to 78.8 years, a 0.1 decrease compared to 2014, according to new data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
- This is the first life expectancy decline since 1993, reported The Washington Post.
- The leading causes for death remained the same: Heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza, kidney disease and suicide.
Recent data show that a human's lifespan is "fixed and subject to natural constraints" and that the limit of the "world’s oldest person" has not increased since the 1990s, when French woman Jeanne Calment died at age 122.
Still, the CDC's findings paint a poor picture of the health of the U.S. population, as it shows an increase in “virtually every cause of death,” David Weir from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan was quoted in The Washington Post. In fact, the rate of deaths related to eight of the 10 leading causes of death increased from 2014 to 2015. Only one decreased. The rate for heart disease increased 0.9% while the rate for cancer decreased by 1.7% from 2014 to 2015.
For American males, life expectancy changed from 76.5 years in 2014 to 76.3 years in 2015 and American females saw a decrease from 81.3 years in 2014 to 81.2 years in 2015. Earlier this year, CDC released data that showed more Americans died in 2014 from heart disease than any other cause with 74% of American deaths attributed to the same 10 common causes of death.
Worldwide, a recent study found in 2010, nearly a third of adults had hypertension.
“We’re seeing the ramifications of the increase in obesity,” said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted in The Washington Post.
- The Washington Post U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
- Healthcare Dive CDC: Life expectancy down for white women, up for black men
- Healthcare Dive Study: Nearly a third of the world's population has high blood pressure
- Healthcare Dive CDC finds heart disease again leads the pack for common causes of death
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