Life Expectancy in the US Falls for a Third Straight Year

July 11th, 2019


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Life Expectancy in the US Falls for a Third Straight Year New data has shown that humans born in 2017 will live to an average age of 78.6. The figures come from the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC. According to the NCHS, the age was 78.7 in 2016. The decline is the longest in U.S. history since 1915-1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic. One is drug overdoses, which killed over 70,000 in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the CDC adds that overdoses related to opioids jumped 30%. Another reason is the increase of deaths related to liver disease. Excessive consumption of alcohol and obesity are a couple of the main causes related to the health issue. Throughout a decade-long period, the CDC says the liver disease mortality rate rose 8% for men annually.