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Old 02-28-05, 04:08 PM
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U.S. life expectancy hits high mark

Even with all the bad news about obesity, HIV, etc., US life expectancy continues to increase.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi...eut/index.html
U.S. life expectancy hits high mark
Monday, February 28, 2005 Posted: 3:59 PM EST (2059 GMT)

ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) -- Americans are living longer than ever largely because of declining death rates from heart disease, cancer and stroke, the federal government said Monday.

Average life expectancy in the United States rose to a record 77.6 years in 2003 from 77.3 years in 2002, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although women on average still lived longer than men in 2003 -- 80.1 years versus 74.8 years -- the gender gap in mortality narrowed, continuing a 25-year trend, the CDC said in a report.

The Atlanta-based agency, which is responsible for monitoring and responding to health threats, attributed the improvement in life expectancy to corresponding drops in eight of the 15 leading causes of death.

Chief among them were significant declines in mortality from heart disease, cancer and stroke, the three biggest killers. Death rates for these conditions fell between 2.2 percent and 4.6 percent.

"Those are the big three," said Donna Hoyert, a CDC statistician and the lead author of the report. "They drive everything else because they're such large numbers to start off with."

Lower death rates from HIV, drug and alcohol abuse and use of firearms also helped boost life expectancy.

There were 2,443,930 deaths in 2003, according to the CDC data, which is preliminary. The overall death rate fell 1.7 percent from 2002 when adjusted to account for changes in the age distribution of the population.

The CDC released its data amid rising concerns about a burgeoning obesity epidemic in the nation. Health experts have warned of an inevitable jump in heart disease, diabetes and other diseases if millions of Americans don't lose weight.

The United States already is struggling with the challenge of caring for an aging population. Death rates from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, two diseases often associated with old age, rose in 2003, the CDC said.

The agency's data also highlighted continuing racial disparities, with black men on average living 6.2 years less than white men and black women 4.4 years less than white women.
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Crap. We eat wrong, rarely exercise, smoke, drink, gamble, and do a number of other things, and we keep hanging around? CRAP.

Well, here' to a lot more kvrdave in the future.
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Ain't science grand?

Now if we could just convince our government to fund it and leave it alone...

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Looks like we don't need to. We're living longer anyway.
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Originally Posted by sfsdfd
Ain't science grand?

Now if we could just convince our government to fund it and leave it alone...
Well, which do you want?
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Originally Posted by sfsdfd
Ain't science grand?

Now if we could just convince our government to leave it alone...

- David Stein
Fixed.
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must be the red wine
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Suh-weet. 32 more years of DVDTalk!
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I cant believe how racist science is. someone should ban it.
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Pfffft we're at 79.7
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thanks to viagara, the old folks are motivated to live a little longer.
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so this is the perfect time to fuck up social security then.
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does deaths from events like 9/11, wars, tsunami, etc... count towards life expectancy stats?
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Originally Posted by twikoff
does deaths from events like 9/11, wars, tsunami, etc... count towards life expectancy stats?
I know motor vehicle accidents do; I assume the ones you listed do too. Remember it is only US data. All the items you listed are very small in 2.4+ million deaths. Even MVA at 40,000 is small, but way bigger than the items you listed.
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Just because we are living longer, doesn't mean we are living better.
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This sucks. Now I won't get my parents inheritance for a few years longer.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
This sucks. Now I won't get my parents inheritance for a few years longer.

unless you're willing to share


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Originally Posted by Drop
Just because we are living longer, doesn't mean we are living better.
I totally agree. IMHO, quality of life has plummeted these several decades
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Originally Posted by Drop
Just because we are living longer, doesn't mean we are living better.
Yes. Our forefathers who grew toiled endlessly in agricultural and manual labor, did not own their own land, lost one of five children to disease, did not know the comforts and conveniences of consumer culture, and lived in fear of political and religious oppression had it so much better.
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The fact that geezers are taking Viagra indicates that we are indeed living better.
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Originally Posted by Drop
Just because we are living longer, doesn't mean we are living better.

you need to stop watching leave it to beaver and read up on how people really lived. There was a lot more discrimination, less people went to college and it was more for kids of rich parents, most people worked a boring career of menial labor in a factory, cost of living was a lot more than it is today.
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thank C-man and oldDude they help the average,A LOT!!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Drop
Just because we are living longer, doesn't mean we are living better.
I recall my grandfather saying about a year before he died about his days growing up on a farm. He ended the story with "and those were not the good old days."
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Originally Posted by Cptkirk
I recall my grandfather saying about a year before he died about his days growing up on a farm. He ended the story with "and those were not the good old days."
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Sweet! Instead of getting alzheimer's for 5 years i'll get it for 20! That'll be great.

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