In a newly released report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US life expectancy has reached an all time high averaging over 78 years. The breakdown among sexes still has a large gap of 5 years, with women in the lead with an overall life expectancy reaching 80½ while the male is 75½.
Dr. Laurence Gardner, an Internist and Nephrologist at University of Miami, attributes it to a lower national smoking statistic among other factors:
“And maybe the medical profession gets some credit here,” said Dr. Laurence Gardner. “I don’t think we should beat our chests too strongly, but the evidence is beginning to hint at better management of chronic illness, which would explain why people are living longer with a confirmed diagnosis.”
— Death rates declined slightly for 10 of the 15 leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, homicide and influenza and pneumonia.
—Suicide passed blood infections to become the 10th leading cause of death. Suicide rates did not change significantly, but the blood infection death rate dropped nearly 2 percent.
—The influenza/pneumonia death rate dropped nearly 5 percent, even though 2009 was the year that the swine flu pandemic hit.