Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Longevity increases; Men close the gap

U.S. Life Expectancy rose by more than one year from 1997 to 2007, and men narrowed the gap slightly relative to women, according to a WebMD report by Miranda Hitti

The overall life expectancy for babies born in the US in 2007 is 77.9 years. For white females v. white males the numbers were 80.7 v. 75.8.

Men are narrowing the gap because of cessation of cigarette smoking and somewhat better screening for prostate and colon cancer.

However, as death rates from heart disease, cancer, stroke, accidents and even HIV go down, the risk of eventual Alzheimer’s is increasing, although the death rate from it so far is unchanged.

The link is here.

The report was aired Aug. 19 on ABC “World News Tonight”.

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