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Centers for Disease Control Finds U.S. Life Expectancy at All-Time High

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Reduction in major causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke is one of the reasons the life expectancy in the U.S. has improved in the last year. This is according to analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which released its recent mortality research showing the improvements from 2011 to 2012.

The final mortality data on deaths and death rates from 2011 was compared with the latest results collected from 2012. The researchers found that the life expectancy in 2012 increased by 0.1 years, bringing it to an age of 78.8 years, the highest in recorded history since the estimates began. Even though the average life expectancy increased, women are still leading men with a slightly longer life expectancy, 81.2 years for women and 76.4 years for men.

The research shows a decrease in nearly all of the ten leading causes of death.

  • Heart disease (170.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Cancer (166.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (41.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Stroke (36.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Unintentional injuries (39.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Alzheimer’s disease (23.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Diabetes (21.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Influenza and pneumonia (14.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Kidney disease (13.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)
  • Suicide (12.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012)

As Americans live longer, the chances of developing a chronic but livable disease or condition become greater. Treatments for disabling conditions have also improved, making many health concerns such as cancer less fatal than in the past. These facts, combined with longer life spans, means more Americans are living with disabilities that would have typically been fatal in past decades.

With more disabled Americans comes more disability claims. If you are preparing to file a disability claim, or you have been denied long-term disability benefits, the disability representatives at Disability Help Group are here to help. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.