A recent analysis of causes of death and longevity in the U.S. by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention was eye-opening.
For those born in the U.S. in 2007, their expected age span was 77.9 years. The most recent analysis revealed an unexpected decline; those born in 2008 could expect to live 77.8 years. According to the CDC this decline is due to an increase in deaths for those aged 85 and older in the years 2007 and 2008.
While the risk of death has fallen for heart disease, accidents, and cancer, it has increased for kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza, and pneumonia.