Saturday, December 11, 2010
CDC: life expectancy in the US has actually fallen slightly!
According to the Centers for Disease Control, life expectancy dropped to 77.8 in 2008, from 77.9 in 2007 (assuming birth in 2008), with obesity and type-2 diabetes probably a major factor. For many diseases, including heart disease, cancer and stroke, mortality rates fell however, probably because aggressive medical intervention can prolong life so markedly. Life expectancy in the United States is starting to lag behind many other countries, too. The AOL story by Catherine Donaldson-Evans appeared on AOL Saturday morning and has link here.