‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates
Posted by countypa on 19 February 2020. Posted in MyBlog
Brian Benson unloads the body of a recently deceased 44-year-old white woman at the Kern County Coroner in Bakersfield, Calif. Prescription narcotics were among the medications found in the woman's apartment. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post)
November 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. EST
Death rates from suicide, drug overdoses, liver disease and dozens of other causes have been rising over the past decade for young and middle-aged adults, driving down overall life expectancy in the United States for three consecutive years, according to a strikingly bleak study published Tuesday that looked at the past six decades of mortality data.
The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was immediately hailed by outside researchers for its comprehensive treatment of astill-enigmatictrend: the reversal of historical patterns in longevity.
Despite spending more on health care than any other country, the United States has seen increasing mortality and falling life expectancy for people ages 25 to 64, who should be in the prime of their lives, while other wealthy nations have generally experienced continued progress in extending longevity. Although earlier research emphasized rising mortality among non-Hispanic whites, the broad trend detailed in this study cuts across gender, racial and ethnic lines. By age group, the highest relative jump in death rates from 2010 to 2017 — 29 percent — has been among people ages 25 to 34.