U.S. life expectancy drops sharply, the second consecutive decline

My cmnt: This is all very revealing. We have de facto racism and sexism going on in our country and it’s time to take action. Both Hispanic Americans (77.7 yrs) and Asian Americans (83.5 yrs) live longer than White Americans (76.4 yrs). And the Hawaiian Islands people are living longer than mainlanders. This has to stop. Obviously racism is causing Whites to die sooner than both Hispanics and Asians. We need an intergovernmental panel to determine what Asians and Hispanics are doing to Whites to kill them.

My cmnt: Hawaii’s much warmer and more pleasant climate – no doubt due to global warming – needs to come down to match North Dakota’s. We need to take drastic, expensive and futile action now to decrease Hawaii’s global warming. I’m sure Joe Biden would agree if he had any idea what we are talking about or even what day it is.

My cmnt: And the sexism is even worse. Women, the real biological kind, are outliving men, also the real biological kind, by over six years! Obviously we don’t want to increase male longevity as that would be MAGA and Republican type of policy. We need to bring women down to being equal with men – the democrat, Leftist way.

My cmnt: The single biggest takeaway from this alarming data is that all of this life expectancy drop has occurred on the Biden watch – so he is obviously responsible as is the democrat run Congress.

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And from Today we have the following stats.

Looks like living the island life can help extend your lifespan. Hawaii tops the list with an average life expectancy of 80.7. More specifically, males in the state have an average lifespan of 77.6, and females outlive them by a few years with their average of 83.8 years.

Washington state might have a vastly different climate from Hawaii, but its residents seem to be pretty hardy all the same. Its life expectancy averages were pretty close to Hawaii’s, with an overall of 79.2 years, and 76.9 and 81.6 for males and females, respectively.

Even though they’re located in three different areas of the country, Minnesota, California and Massachusetts have similar life expectancies (79.1, 79 and 79 respectively). Their male and female data is also pretty close, with 76.2 to 76.8 years on average for males and 81.4 to 82 years for females.

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Life expectancy in the US dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, according to a report Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fall is the largest two-year drop in nearly 100 years and brings US life expectancy to 76.1 years, down from 77.3 in 2020. Deaths from COVID-19 (50%) and drug overdoses/unintentional injuries (15.9%) primarily contributed to the decrease.

American Indian and Alaskan Native people saw the largest drop in life expectancy, with a decrease of 1.9 years to 65.2 and a 6.5-year drop since 2020. White Americans saw the second highest decline with a decrease of one year to 76.4, followed by Black Americans (0.7 years to 70.8) and Hispanic Americans (0.2 years to 77.7). Asian Americans saw the lowest decline with only a 0.1-year decrease to 83.5.

Separately, Hawaii has the highest life expectancy at 80.7, while Mississippi has the lowest at 71.9. See state-by-state here

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By Kate Sheridan Aug. 31, 2022 – for statnews.com

Americans born in 2021 can expect to live for just 76.1 years — the lowest life expectancy has been since 1996, according to a new government analysis published Wednesday. This is the biggest two-year decline — 2.7 years in total — in almost 100 years.

The Covid-19 pandemic is the primary cause of the decline. However, increases in the number of people dying from overdoses and accidents is also a significant factor.

American Indian and Alaskan Native people have experienced a particularly precipitous drop in life expectancy since 2019, going from 71.8 to 65.2 years. This kind of loss is similar to the plunge seen for all Americans after the Spanish Flu, said Robert Anderson, the chief of the mortality statistics branch of the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s a ridiculous decline,” Anderson said. “When I saw a 6.6 year decline over two years, my jaw dropped. … I made my staff re-run the numbers to make sure.”

Life expectancy isn’t really a prediction for a single individual. It’s more like a check engine light — an indicator for the health of society as a whole. When more people die than would be expected, or when they die at younger ages than expected, then life expectancy will decline.

“Life expectancy is an interesting measure, because it emphasizes deaths that occur at younger ages,” Anderson explained. “A death at a younger age basically takes away more years of potential life than again in older age.”

For decades, Americans saw steadily rising life expectancies. Efforts to reduce smoking contributed to this increase in the 1990s and 2000s, because fewer people were dying of related conditions, like cardiovascular disease. American mortality data has been collected since at least 1900.

But American life expectancy began to stagnate around 2010 — while other developed countries continued to see gains, Anderson noted.

This year’s life expectancy figure is 0.9 years lower than last year’s. Covid-19 accounted for about half of the decline, and a category encompassing accidents and unintentional injuries is responsible for another 16%. That category includes overdoses; in fact, about half of the unintentional injury deaths in this analysis were due to overdoses.

“We think that the increase in drug overdoses during the pandemic is partly due to the pandemic, but probably not wholly due to the pandemic,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see [what happens] as the pandemic abates — assuming that it does, hopefully it will.”

Although deaths from heart disease were the third biggest contributor to the decline in life expectancy, the number of people dying from this condition actually decreased. “With heart disease, we did see increases in mortality at younger ages — from ages 35 to 64 in particular,” Anderson said.

Not every demographic group saw the same changes, the researchers found. Asian-Americans have the highest life expectancy of any group — 83.5 years — and only saw a 0.1 year decline from 2020. Meanwhile, Black Americans lost 0.7 years between 2020 to 2021.

But American Indian and Native Americans saw the largest loss of life expectancy of all — 1.9 years less than 2020’s life expectancy, and 6.6 years less than 2019’s. They also had the lowest life expectancy among the groups studied. (Historically, Native Americans’ life expectancy has been staying level even in years when the life expectancy of the entire population did increase, one recent study found.)

The data used for this analysis is still technically incomplete, Anderson noted; it includes about 99% of the deaths that the researchers expected to have. The precise figures could change when the final analysis is released in December.

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