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Life Expectancy Now Higher Than Ever In U.S.

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:23 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Death Rate, Heart Disease, Cancer, CDC, Life Span, Elderly

The life expectancy in the U.S. is now about 78 years, higher than ever, according to the CDC.



IMAGE SOURCE: ©iStockphoto/ elderly couple, author’s grandparents/ author: Laartist

75 for Men, 80 for Women 

If you were born in 2007, your life expectancy just went up to nearly 78 years, the highest it’s ever been, the government reports today.

The data comes from the majority of death certificates collected by the government in 2007, and reported by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC.

The death rate is about a year-and-a-half higher than one decade ago and is due to falling death rates from heart disease and cancer, responsible for nearly half of U.S. fatalities.

Heart disease rates dropped nearly five percent in 2007 while cancer death rates fell nearly two percent, according to the report.

HIV death rates dropped 10 percent, the biggest one year drop in 10 years, reports the Associated Press.

The U.S. lifespan still trails Japan at 83 years, for someone born in 2007, reports the World Health Organization. French babies live to be about 80.9 years, while babies born in Italy, Australia, Canada, and Sweden can expect to live to be at least 80, reports ABC News.

In a country ravaged by the AIDS virus, Zimbabwe, the life expectancy is 39.7 years.

Alzheimer’s disease now surpasses diabetes as the sixth leading cause of death, largely due to the climbing rate of Alzheimer’s. The infant mortality rate stands at roughly 6.777 infant deaths per 1,000 births. Advances in medicine allow infants to live longer than in the past.

Women still live an average of five years longer than men, the CDC reports. Newborn baby boys will live to be about 75 years of age, and girls can expect to live to 80.

Death rates also dropped to 760.3 deaths per 100,000 individuals.

Most Americans, 48.5 percent, died of heart disease or cancer in 2007. #

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by Steve Lombardi
Thursday, August 20, 2009 11:49 AM EST

When we talk about life expectancy why do we always use the photo of octogenarians? Why not a twenty-something couple who need to start thinking about how long they will live, the social security system and how to improve their investment IQ? It is a nice picture.

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