As if you didn’t have enough to worry about these days, a new report shows that the life expectancy rate in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in 26 years.
According to an article written by Iesha on BallerAlert.com, new federal data released last week by “The National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” reveals that the death rate jumped by 5.3% in 2021. Statistics for the same year show that the average life expectancy of all people in the USA decreased from 77 years to 76.4 years.
The authors of the study say that COVID-19, and a larger number of drug overdoses, were the two main factors which contributed to the higher death rates in 2021, and the lower life expectancy rates for that year. From 2020 to 2021, the top ten leading causes of death in our nation remained mostly the same. Heart disease was number one, followed by cancer, and COVID-19. Influenza and pneumonia dropped out of the top ten, replaced by chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
If you’re wondering how the statistics changed for gender and ethnicity, per Iesha’s article, the life expectancy rates dropped almost equally for men and women, as well as most racial and ethnic groups.
You are probably not alarmed by a 0.6% decrease in the average life expectancy rates of Americans. Even though 76.4 years is the lowest life expectancy since 1996, the 0.6% decrease in life expectancy is a lot lower that the decrease we saw from 2019 to 2020. It dropped 1.8 years during that time period. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic had a great deal to do with those statistics.
So, I hope you stick to whatever health-related New Year’s Resolutions you have made for 2023!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
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