Robert also stated that we are losing Americans too soon for reasons that could have been prevented. However, if we break down the numbers, the picture becomes more nuanced and concerning. Gun-related suicides shortened life expectancy by 1.6 years in whites and about six months for blacks.
The decline is not the cause of some new widespread disease, rather the cause of something preventable. One would therefore expect USA life expectancy to follow an upward trend as well, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently revealed that for the second time in three years, in 2017 compared to 78.7 in 2016. And second, drug overdoses and suicides in 2017 most affected. That number marks a almost 10 percent increase from 2016 and the highest ever in the United States for a single year. Only 17,000 people died of overdoses that year.
Something preventing the US life expectancy from falling more rapidly is the decrease in deaths due to illnesses such as heart disease and cancer, which are the first and second leading causes of death in America, respectively.
"Overall, there were more than 2.8 million US deaths in 2017, or almost 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday". It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago.
Although the country's aging Baby Boomer population factored into the decline, Mike Stobbe of the Associated Press reports that increased deaths amongst younger and middle-aged individuals (particularly those between 24 and 44) had an outsized effect on calculations.
In the United States the overall life expectancy is down, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Reduced life expectancy usually falls with age, but it dropped suddenly at age 20 for black Americans as a result of being shot and killed, and steadily fell after the age of 20 among white Americans as a result of firearms suicide.
The general consensus right now is that the United States economy is strong, having raised every year for the past decade.
The study authors point out that research in 2000 revealed a difference in deaths linked to gun violence between black and white Americans-a trend that has continued-but this gap looks to have widened even further, with the total premature loss of life even greater. Of the top 10 leading causes of death-heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries (drug overdoses constituted slightly less than half of this category in 2017), chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide-only cancer witnessed a decrease in mortality rates.