U.S. Life Expectancy at All-Time High But Still Lagging Behind 30 Countries

August 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Good news, United States life expectancy has risen to a new high, standing at about 78 years up from 77.7 a year earlier, the government reported Wednesday. But according to the World Health Organization there are about 30 countries with an estimated higher life span.

The information comes from the National Center for Health Statistics, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,who’s preliminary data is based on about 90 percent of the death certificates collected in 2007. They found the increase is due mainly to falling rates in almost all leading causes of death.  But Heart disease and cancer are responsible for half our deaths.The report found that both men and women are living longer, with the average life expectancy at 80.4 years for women, but only 75.3 years for men.  Japan has the longest life expectancy: 83 for people born in 2007.  Life expectancy in the United States has been on the rise for a decade, but with the economic downturn since this data was collected, one wonders whether that streak will be broken? Read the full report at www.cdc.gov/nchs


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2 Responses to “U.S. Life Expectancy at All-Time High But Still Lagging Behind 30 Countries”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 20th, 2009 12:07 pm

    How much longer would American life expectancy be if we had universal health care, like Japan?

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