Life Expectancy at a New High - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/11/08

Life Expectancy at a New High

Fewer Americans are dying, leading to another surge in life expectancy.

A new CDC report out Wednesday shows our life expectancy has jumped to a new high. Seventy-eight is the new average, although white women live the longest at 81. Also, death rates have dropped in 8 out of 10 of the leading causes of death.

It all sounds good, but "Even though these numbers look good right now, when that whole generation of obese children starts reaching middle age and having the same kind of chronic disease decades earlier than their parents, these numbers are going to go in the opposite direction," said Patricia Davidson, MD, cardiologist.

The study also showed that for the first time, Alzheimer's Disease jumped above diabetes as the sixth leading cause of death.

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