US Life Expectancy Rate Reaches new record

WebMD has the new numbers. A four month increase in just one year is pretty amazing.

U.S. life expectancy has hit a new record: 78.1 years for babies born in 2006, says the CDC.

What's more, the death rate for 11 of the top 15 causes of death -- including heart disease, cancer, and stroke -- slowed in 2006.

That's what the CDC's preliminary data show, based on some 2.4 million deaths in 2006. Here are the highlights from the CDC's report. . . .

Life expectancy in 2006 is about four months longer than it was in 2005, according to the CDC.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

No the life expectancy hasn't changed. The estimate has, but as we've seen, actual expectancy is always lower that originally projected. Here's the hard truth about life exectancy in the U.S.: when we account for the fact that we've eliminated most of deadly childhood infectious diseases and decreased deaths due to accidents, since 1900 we've only added six years to the actual life expectancy. Most of this is attributable to better health care. It should be much higher. It isn't because of the American diet. We eat too much of too many highly processed foods, with are heavy on refined carbohydrates and seed fats, but low in nutrients. Other cultures have higher life expectancies, because they eat almost entirely whole, fresh foods. You won't tind much high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil in anything a Swede ro Japanese eats. Until America abandons our industrial agricultural and food system and returns to eating locally grown fresh, whole foods, our rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer will remain the highest in the world.

6/11/2008 5:24 PM  

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