US Mortality in young is lowering US life expectancy
Preventable mortality below age 50 accounted for more than half of the gap in life expectancy between American men and men in most other high-income countries.
“An intuitive way of interpreting these results is that even if mortality above age 50 was equal among all countries, on average 67% and 41% of the gap in life expectancy at birth between the United States and other countries would remain for males and females, respectively. This study suggests that if the goal is to reduce the U.S. life expectancy shortfall, more attention should be paid to health and mortality conditions (smoking, obesity, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyles) at younger ages”
Jessica Ho, a doctoral candidate in demography and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
What do we know?
- The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is among the lowest of all high-income countries
- Americans also arrive at middle age sicker than those in counterpart countries
- American men compare poorly on mortality from most noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, respiratory diseases and digestive disease
- The standard American diet (SAD - which we are all following now), is the worst in the developed world
Study by Ho JY “Mortality under age 50 accounts for much of the fact that U.S. life expectancy lags that of other high-income countries” as published by Health Affairs 2013. The researchers compared mortality differences from 2006 to 2008 in 16 high-income countries, mostly western European nations, along with Australia, Canada, and Japan. All-cause mortality data was obtained from the Human Mortality Database at the University of California Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany. As reported by MedPage Today on March 6, 2013.