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Life Expectancy on the rise

Life expectancy in the USA  is 78.8 – a record

Good news, America.

We’re living longer!  According to a new government report, Americans are living longer as death rates fall. Rates also dropped for nearly all the leading causes of death

That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

It’s better for women then it is for men.

The Life expectancy for women is 81.1 years old.  For men the age is 76.5 years. That difference in life expectancy, 4.6 years, has remained the same as in 2011. Those life expectancy  estimates is for individuals born in 2012 or after.  The typical life span for an individual (65 years old in 2011) is 19.2  more years.  For females it is 20.6. The variance in people’s life span at the age of 65, between males and females increased 0.1 year from 2.6 years in 2011 to 2.7 years in 2012.

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Individuals who were born in 2012  are subject to infant death as well as teenage deaths (including suicide)

life expectancyWhen examining the  life expectancy between men and women, scientists and researches have not been able to determine the exact cause even though  they fell that genetics plays a major role.  Men appear to particle in risk behavior as well as teen males who partake in much risky behavior.  An example of which may be the fact that they get in more car accidents, than their female counter arts.

 

Other findings of the 2012 study:

  • The study claims much of the  improvement  in life expectancy is from modern medications and treatments.
  • Death rates for coronary heart disease as well as many types of cancers, ( 2 leading causes of death) are over 46 Percent of all deaths.  This has been dropping since 1999.
  • The Ten biggest causes of death in the year 2012, were the same as in the previous year: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide. Those 10 causes accounted for over 73 Percent of deaths in the United States.

However, from 2011 to 2012, age-adjusted death rates declined significantly for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death. The rate for suicide rose and the rate for unintentional injuries was unchanged.