Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Life expectancy in the USA continues to fall

Life expectancy in the USA continues to fall

The most striking trend in suicide deaths is their geographic distribution.

Life expectancy in the us continued to decline a year ago even though the 10 leading causes of death remained unchanged, three separate reports released on Thursday showed. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the spike somewhat reflects the aging population, it's the spike in younger age groups that raises the most concern.

"Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the nation's overall health and these sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable", he said.

In 2017, there were 47,000 suicides in the United States. In 2016, there were 45,000.

Life expectancy in the United States began dropping in 2015.

The data continued the longest sustained decline in expected life span at birth in a century, an appalling performance not seen in the United States since 1915 to 1918. Broken down by gender, life expectancy remained the same for women at 81.1 years and ticked downward for men from 76.2 years to 76.1 years, the CDC reports.

Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, said the increasing number of suicides and deaths by overdose was highly troubling. The rate of death increased from 729 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016 to 732 deaths, an increase of 0.4 percent.

Only cancer death rates decreased by 2.1%, while the rates for most other causes increased. "I really do believe that people are increasingly hopeless, and that that leads to drug use, it leads potentially to suicide", he said.

The primary group that saw jumps in their death rates were white Americans ― a 0.6 percent jump for white males and 0.9 percent for white females, according to the CDC.

CDC & FDA
CDC & FDA

But the increase in drug overdose deaths has started to slow.

The authors concluded that while further research is needed to assess the dangers of the show, "the findings suggest a particular vulnerability to the show's themes among youths at risk of suicide", and that steps are needed to be taken to ameliorate those problems.

Dr. Larissa Mooney, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the CDC reports, said that she's particularly concerned about the numbers; specifically, "the rise in number of Americans dying from drug overdoses every year". Deaths attributed to opioids were almost six times greater in 2017 than they were in 1999.

In addition to suicide, the United States is experiencing a drug abuse crisis, with more than 70,000 overdose deaths past year. Any revision for 2017's estimate of 78.6 years will come next year. Though constant, the rate has increased over time from about 10 suicides per 100,000 in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid-related overdoses have contributed to the life expectancy drop in the U.S.

-Death rates for heroin, methadone and prescription opioid painkillers were flat.

Allowing for deaths involving multiple opioids, the CDC's numbers indicate that pain pills account for less than 30 percent of these deaths, and the actual number is probably considerably lower.

Most gun deaths are suicides.

"So the frustration that many of us feel is that there are things that could save many lives", he said, "and we are failing to make those services available".

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