New research has discovered that life expectancy in the U.S. is reducing drastically. After decades of progress, life expectancy in Americans is slowly but surely and quickly declining, the study shows. This decline is mainly caused by drug abuse, suicide, and hypertension, notably amongst men between the ages of 25 and 64.
As a result of this, the U.S.’s life expectancy has reduced dramatically in comparison to other wealthy western countries. This is more so with the 25 to 64 age typo, whose decay is close to non-existent outside the U.S.
The research analyzed over five decades of American medical data and revealed the fact that the U.S.’ life expectancy increased between 1959 to 2014, but then began to reduce. The process seemed to coincide with a high degree with the beginning of the opioid epidemic.
The region that was most affected is the Ohio Valley, which acts as a flaw on the statistical map of America. This particular area has been ravaged by the crash of the manufacturing industry, and 33 percent of the so-called ‘Excess deaths’ were registered in these states.
Public health and demographic specialists were rather shocked when the annual statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These statistics are deemed as a reliable criterion of a society’s health.
What puzzles lots of people is the fact that life expectancy has increased significantly and steadily for decades in most developed countries. This isn’t the case for America.
“I think this is a very dismal picture of health in the United States,” said Joshua M. Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Life expectancy is improving in many places in the world. It shouldn’t be declining in the United States.”
Sharfstein added that the most deplorable aspect of the disaster is that policymakers know very well that there are numerous approaches that could make a difference, such as medically assisted treatment for drug abusers and expanded availability of mental health services in states where they are almost non-existent.
However, they choose not to make these services available.
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