U.S. Life Expectancy Falls Again

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NEW YORK — Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago.

The increase partly reflects the nation’s growing and aging population. But it’s deaths in younger age groups — particularly middle-aged people — that have had the largest impact on calculations of life expectancy, experts said.

The suicide death rate last year was the highest it’s been in at least 50 years, according to U.S. government records. There were more than 47,000 suicides, up from a little under 45,000 the year before.

For decades, U.S. life expectancy was on the upswing, rising a few months nearly every year. Now it’s trending the other way: It fell in 2015, stayed level in 2016, and declined again last year, the CDC said.

The nation is in the longest period of a generally declining life expectancy since the late 1910s, when World War I and the worst flu pandemic in modern history combined to kill nearly 1 million Americans. Life expectancy in 1918 was 39.

Aside from that, “we’ve never really seen anything like this,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees CDC death statistics.


In the nation’s 10 leading causes of death, only the cancer death rate fell in 2017. Meanwhile, there were increases in seven others — suicide, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, flu/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries. (Could these be prevented with healthcare for every American?)

An underlying factor is that the death rate for heart disease — the nation’s No. 1 killer — has stopped falling. In years past, declines in heart disease deaths were enough to offset increases in some other kinds of death, but no longer, Anderson said.

Life expectancy falls as suicides, overdoses rise

America's greatness? Wake up, people. We are slipping into the abyss.
 
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It is essentially due to a sedentary lifestyle, extreme over-indulgence leading to obesity, and nihilism from the suppression/destruction of the human spirit.

Further, none of that can be prevented by health care.
 
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Is this bad news?

We are seeing what a negitive effect the boomers outliving their shelf life is having and this is only the begining.
 
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It is essentially due to a sedentary lifestyle, extreme over-indulgence leading to obesity, and nihilism from the suppression/destruction of the human spirit.

Further, none of that can be prevented by health care.
Healthcare plus education might help.

The highest proportion of overweight and obese people – 13% of the global total – live in the United States, a country which accounts for only 5% of the world’s population, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries.​
An estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight. These are also major challenges for America’s children – nearly 30% of boys and girls under age 20 are either obese or overweight, up from 19% in 1980.​
...When looking at obesity alone, there are more obese adults living in America today – 78 million – than in any other country in the world. China follows at a distant second with 46 million obese and India with 30 million – countries which together represent 15% of the world’s obese population. Approximately one-third of American men (32%) and women (34%) were obese in 2013 compared with about 4% of Chinese and Indian adults.​
The vast majority of American adults are overweight or obese, and weight is a growing problem among US children
 
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It is essentially due to a sedentary lifestyle, extreme over-indulgence leading to obesity, and nihilism from the suppression/destruction of the human spirit.

Further, none of that can be prevented by health care.
Yeah those things have a major impact on overall health, and it's a fact that western medicine treats us like machines with replaceable parts! Nevertheless it's good to know it's there if you need it. I've had a very small impact on our Medicare system over my 61 years so far, but I can see how having a basic healthcare system has given me the peace of mind of having one less thing to worry about!

If the source is accurate, the biggest single cause of bankruptcies in America is medical debts. .....hence all the go fund me appeals! Not hard to see how that shortens life expectancy!
 
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NEW YORK — Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago.

The increase partly reflects the nation’s growing and aging population. But it’s deaths in younger age groups — particularly middle-aged people — that have had the largest impact on calculations of life expectancy, experts said.

The suicide death rate last year was the highest it’s been in at least 50 years, according to U.S. government records. There were more than 47,000 suicides, up from a little under 45,000 the year before.

For decades, U.S. life expectancy was on the upswing, rising a few months nearly every year. Now it’s trending the other way: It fell in 2015, stayed level in 2016, and declined again last year, the CDC said.

The nation is in the longest period of a generally declining life expectancy since the late 1910s, when World War I and the worst flu pandemic in modern history combined to kill nearly 1 million Americans. Life expectancy in 1918 was 39.

Aside from that, “we’ve never really seen anything like this,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees CDC death statistics.


In the nation’s 10 leading causes of death, only the cancer death rate fell in 2017. Meanwhile, there were increases in seven others — suicide, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, flu/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries. (Could these be prevented with healthcare for every American?)

An underlying factor is that the death rate for heart disease — the nation’s No. 1 killer — has stopped falling. In years past, declines in heart disease deaths were enough to offset increases in some other kinds of death, but no longer, Anderson said.

Life expectancy falls as suicides, overdoses rise

America's greatness? Wake up, people. We are slipping into the abyss.
Rising income and wealth inequality are also contributing factors in increasing suicides and drug overdoses.