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Life Expectancy Soars In United States

It seems as though the news is always reporting some new string of disease, or a battle against physical or mental illnesses, and yet new statistics show that the life expectancy in the United States has risen dramatically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have noted that these numbers are actually at an all-time high for the United States, giving new hope to citizens across the country. The expectancy at birth among the American population has shown an increase of .1 years between the years of 2011 and 2012, from the age of 78.7 to 78.8, which is the longest life expectancy ever recorded for this nation. These reports show that females will ultimately still lead longer natural lives than men, but that through the comparison of final mortality data, it is obvious that changes are being made. Medical News Today reports “The report authors, from the National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), say this increase can be attributed to a reduction in many major causes of death, such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.”

Death rates were investigated and adjusted based on gender and ethnicity, and included the ten most common causes of death in both adults and infants.

Report Statistics And How It Adds Up

The research showed that in the year 2012, the female life expectancy rate was 81.2 years of age, with the expectancy being 76.4 for men. The same 4.8 year gap was reported the year before. This increase affects older citizens most, giving members of the United States at the age of 65 a boost from 19.2 to 19.3 years in the continuation of life. Women at the age of 65 had a longer remaining life span with 20.5 years remaining, but not all rates of life saw an increase as the analyzing of certain groups did show some fallen numbers in some regions. ABC 7 Chicago News says: “Death rates for blacks and whites dropped but held steady for Hispanics. However, Hispanic death rates remain lower than the black and white numbers.”

Much of these changes can be contributed to the decline in illness rates, with an 8.3% lower number of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia, 2.2% less deaths caused by kidney disease, and 1.8% less due to heart disease. There was also a 1.5% reduction for cancer, 2.4% reduction for chronic lower respiratory disease and a 2.6% lower rate of death for stroke.

Death Rate Drop Not Adding Up In Relation To Suicides

With all of these changes in illness and disease, it’s shocking to find that while Alzheimer’s has reduced by 3.6% in death results and diabetes has 1.9% less fatalities, the rate of suicide in the United States is up 2.4%, causing researchers and other scientific personnel to scratch their heads and wonder what exactly this means for the population. NBC News has explained: “The number of Americans succumbing to eight of those 10 leading causes of death “decreased significantly,” the National Center for Health Statistics found. But the suicide rate rose by 2.4 percent, something that’s puzzling researchers.”

With so many drops in illness related deaths, and this latest increase on the American life span, the highest ever recorded; having a spike in suicides seems to contradict everything that is being reported in terms of a healthy and long life. These shocking new statistics mean amazing things for the breakthroughs in medicine and the ability to prolong life and beat out life threatening diseases, but as the fight against mortality takes place for millions across the country, the internal struggle seems to be trumping all of these medical efforts.

With a rise in life expectancy, many Americans can go on with a happy heart, but for those dealing with mental illness, this news of the increase in suicides can be a dampener of the spirits. Now, more than ever, citizens of the United States and the world must ban together in the fight against mental illness and put forth a stronger and more united front in properly screening and treating these illnesses as they appear. Although mental illness might not be as physically apparent as diabetes or kidney disease, it requires the same kind of serious consideration and care.

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