US Life Expectancy Is DECLINING !!!
Posted in Blog, Hot Topics on Dec 08, 2016
Author: Dr. Gary Huber
Our health in America is declining and for the first time in 2 decades the life expectancy is going DOWN. You can take control of your own life and not be a member of those statistics. Choices matter. Dare to be different and dare to take control.
Life expectancy declines For First Time Since 1993.
For the first time in more than 20 years, the life expectancy of Americans has declined to an average 78.8 years.” Among men, life expectancy has “fallen to 76.3 years, and for women, it’s down to 81.2 years.” This is the first significant decline since 1993, can be attributed to an increase in eight of the 10 leading causes of death, including heart disease and strokes which are directly related to lifestyle. Genetics has nothing to do with this change.
life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to the latest data and reported by the National Center for Health Statistics. So how do we fare compared to the rest of the world? Not good. The US represents just 5% of the world population yet we consume 50% of all the drugs make globally. Our life expectancy ranks 30th in the world. There are dozens of countries spending far less on health care and experiencing better health and longer lives . . . why? Lifestyle. We tend to poison ourselves with genetically modified foods, lazy ethics when it comes to food preparation, and a generally accepted notion that sugar and wheat are necessary part of life. This is just wrong and out statistics show it in abundance.
Research has shown death rates are rising sharply for poorer people – particularly white people – in rural areas but not wealthier and more highly educated and people on the coasts. The stats also show that weight gain is worst in these same poorer mid-western areas compared to the coast where obesity is less of a problem. This represents a trend toward cheap food and convenience foods.
Here is a quote from a report, “Shorter Lives, Poorer Health”, offered by the Institute of Medicine:
The United States spends much more money on health care than any other country. Yet Americans die sooner and experience more illness than residents in many other countries. While the length of life has improved in the United States (until recently), other countries have gained life years even faster, and our relative standing in the world has fallen over the past half century. What accounts for the paradoxical combination in the United States of relatively great wealth and high spending on health care with relatively poor health status and lower life expectancy? That is the question posed to the panel that produced this report, U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health.
YOU are not a statistic. You are an individual and capable of making better choices to avoid being a sad statistic. Challenge the standard and dare to be different. Challenge yourself to be better. Decide now what you want to be and then put the pieces together to make that vision a reality. It is entirely possible and entirely up to you.
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