Declining life expectancy in the United States

Rates of suicide and drug overdoses have continued to climb in the United States

Life expectancy in the United States is declining–officially since 2014–but the causes have been a long time in the making extending back to at least 1999.

“Midlife adults” (25-64 years of age) have experienced the largest increase in death rates especially due to —

  • drug overdoses
  • suicide
  • alcohol-related diseases
  • obesity
  • hypertension
  • renal failure

“The U.S. life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest 1% of the population was estimated to exceed 14 years for men and 10 years for women.”

Climate change, obesity, and undernutrition are combining to effect health negatively on a global scale.

People are still living longer–in places outside the United States.

Read the article —

Koh, H. K., Parekh, A. K., & Park, J. J. (2019). Confronting the Rise and Fall of US Life Expectancy. JAMA, 322(20), 1963-1965. [Cited by]

See also —

Opioids, addiction, and overdose (quick bibliography)

Increasing heat could drive up the number of suicides

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