US Life Expectancy Goes Down

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 1, 2017 · 0 comments

The National Center for Health Statistics reported that the US life expectancy has dipped slightly for the first time in 16 years. Life expectancy at birth for men was 78.9 years and went down to 78.8. For women it went from 81.3 years to 81.2. This change may not seem like much but if the trend continues it could signal that some of the advances we have made against heart disease, cancer and diabetes may be slowing. It could also signal that our obesity epidemic is overshadowing other medical advances – only time will tell if this negative trend continues in the future.

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