Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US

Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US

Also, in 2017, the US had 2.8 million deaths or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year. The CDC report, "Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017", said overdose deaths rose 10 percent a year ago.

"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".

Of the 10 leading causes of death, only the cancer rate fell in 2017, while increases were observed in suicide, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's flu/pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases and unintentional injuries. However, the rates for all except three of these went up in 2017 (cancer death rate decreased by 2.1 percent and both heart and kidney disease rates remained the same).

Media captionEmma and Toni's father took his own life, now they want to help more men speak out. However, this 2017 urban suicide rate is 16 percent higher than in 1999 (about 10 per 100,000), while the 2017 suicide rate for the most rural counties is 53 percent higher than in 1999 (about 13 per 100,000), the report indicates.

Between 2016 and 2017, suicide rates increased by 3.7 percent. Meanwhile, Texas (about 10 drug overdose deaths per 100,000), North Dakota (about 9 per 100,000), South Dakota and Nebraska (both about 8 per 100,000) had the lowest rates in 2017. The CDC compared states based on overdose deaths per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, the number of overdose deaths hit a new high past year, reaching 70,237.

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Accidental drug overdoses account for more than a third of the unintentional injury deaths, and intentional drug overdoses account for about a tenth of the suicides, said Dr. Holly Hedegaard, a CDC injury researcher. Kentucky had a death rate of 37.2, which is above the national average. The figure marks the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago, according to published reports.

That's not quite cause for celebration, said John Rowe, a professor of health policy at Columbia University in NY.

The average life expectancy in the U.S. declined from 78.7 to 78.6 years.

Levine said Vermont has "hovered around the national average" for overdose deaths for several years. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls. The cases in rural counties were nearly double than the suicide rates in urban counties. That number has been steadily rising, and in 2017 approximately 29 out of 100,000 men died of a drug overdose. "We're seeing a drop in life expectancy because people are dying in their 20s [and] 30s", McHugh said.

Public health experts are alarmed by the new statistics released by the CDC.

The rise ― although dramatic at almost 10 per cent year-on-year ― was about half the spike seen a year earlier. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide". That's about 1,000 more than in 2016. Among women, the rate increased from about 4 overdose deaths per 100,000 in 1999 to about 14 per 100,000 in 2017. There have been only a few noteworthy exceptions to this trend-the 1962/1963 drop, driven by the influenza epidemic, or the most recent decline in 1993 at the peak of the AIDS crisis. In 2017, it about 60 percent of them were by gun.

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