October 19, 2014

If We Don’t Kill Ourselves

1 Americans Continue to Live Ever Longer

The CDC's annual report on Americans’ life expectancy is out, and on average, we now live about six weeks longer than we did in 2011. A child born today should live to the ripe old age of 78 years and 10 months, while someone currently aged 65 can expect to be around for another 18 (men) or 20.5 (women) years. The leading causes of death continue to be heart disease and cancer, but nine of the ten leading causes of death in the U.S. have fallen or remained stable. The one that continues to rise is suicide, which increased by two percent to 12.6 occurrences per 100,000 people, the highest rate in a quarter century. More happily, the infant mortality rate hit at all-time low of 5.98 per 1,000 births, but that's still a higher figure than for most countries in Europe.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Lifestyle Affects Longevity More Than Genes

Tags: U.S. Longevity, CDC on Life Expectancy, Average U.S. Life Span, U.S. Death Rates Lower, Mortality Rates in America

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