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Men’s life expectancy in the USA is in decline


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There is not just one cause for the decline in longevity for U.S. men but the Center for Disease Control highlights three factors contributing to the decline. CBS News reports that life expectancy for American men dropped for a third consecutive year, with the National Center for Health Statistics citing an increase in so-called “deaths of despair,” such as the rise in drug overdose deaths.

Aside from drug-related deaths and more direct suicide, a notable increase has ocurred in deaths from liver disease. This can have many causes, including alcholism and obesity.

Earlier in 2019, CNBC pointed out that the last three years represent the longest consecutive decline in the American lifespan at birth since the period between 1915 and 1918, which included World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic, events that killed many millions worldwide.

Over the same period, life expectancy for women has held steady, against a global upward trend.

Suicide in the USA has risen 33% since 1999, while globally it has seen a 30% reduction.

…there is a huge disparity between urban and rural Americans. The suicide rate amongst urban residents is 11.1 per 100,000 people, as opposed to rural residents’ 20 per 100,000.

Meilan Solly
Smithsonian.com

The recent increases were especially pronounced among men aged 25–34 and 35–44

National Center for Health Statistics

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