US Life Expectancy Still on the Fall

US Life Expectancy Still on the Fall

US life expectancy at birth, the average time expected for a person to live. This continues to drop from Americans.

US life expectancy at birth
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For example, drug overdose, suicides, alcohol-related illnesses, and obesity are the ones to blame. The US had been making steady progress. Life expectancy increased by nearly 10 years over the last half-century from 69.9 years in 1959 to 78.9 years in 2016.

But it all slowed down over time. While other high-income countries continue to show a steady rise in life expectancy.

In 2014 US life expectancy began to fall, dropping for three consecutive years from 78.9 years to 78.6 in 2017. Despite the US spends most of its budget on health.

Moreover, of all age groups, adults 25 to 64 years old saw the largest increase in mortality rates 6%. This is according to the study, published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.

The study found that the Ohio Valley including West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. As well as the northern New England area, including New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have the largest relative increase in deaths.

The researchers looked at data from the US Mortality Database and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database.

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