Life expectancy has declined in the United States for the first time in more than two decades. The increase in deaths from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, drug overdoses and accidents has contributed to worsen life expectancy rates in 2015 as it had not done since the AIDS epidemic of the 1990s, according to data released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Mortality rates have increased in 8 of the 10 leading causes of death and among the majority of population groups, indicating a general trend. Deaths have grown especially among white and African American men and white women. In the case of African-American women and Hispanics, they have not worsened, but they do not improve either.
Life expectancy in the US is 76.3 years for men and 81.2 years for women, with a mean of 78.8 for both, one month less than in 2014. In 2015, men lost about two Months from the previous year - from 76.5 years to 76.3 - while life expectancy in women fell by about a month - from 81.3 to 81.2.
The most salient jump in the mortality rate of these last two years has occurred among Alzheimer's patients, from 25.4 to 29.5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants between 2014 and 2015. There has been a 0, 9% f raise in the number of deaths related tocardiovascular diseases - 633,000 deaths per year - 2.7% for chronic respiratory diseases, 6.7% for accidents, 3% for cerebral infarcts, 15.7% for Alzheimer's, 1.9% in diabetes, 1.5% in the case of kidney problems and 2.3% in suicides.
As reported today in El País.