CDC data shows US life expectancy crept up to 77.5 in 2022 - which is still ... trends now

CDC data shows US life expectancy crept up to 77.5 in 2022 - which is still ... trends now
CDC data shows US life expectancy crept up to 77.5 in 2022 - which is still ... trends now

CDC data shows US life expectancy crept up to 77.5 in 2022 - which is still ... trends now

Life expectancy rose by a mere one year in 2022 as the US exited the Covid crisis - but it means Americans still die younger than those in most of the developed world.

A report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that life expectancy rose to 77.5 years, up from the historical low of 76.4 in 2021

There was always expected to be a boost when Covid deaths flattened out, but the CDC warns that the US is trailing behind other countries.

Dr Elizabeth Arias, a CDC researcher who worked on the report, said it will take 'some time before we're back to where we were in 2019, before the pandemic.' 

A report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) showed that life expectancy in 2022 rose to 77.5 years, a full-year increase from a historically low 76.4 in 2021

A report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) showed that life expectancy in 2022 rose to 77.5 years, a full-year increase from a historically low 76.4 in 2021

Though the US is recovering from a surge in Covid deaths, the country still ranks far below other developed nations. Even taking into account the recent increase in life expectancy, nations like Japan, France, and Sweden rank far higher

Though the US is recovering from a surge in Covid deaths, the country still ranks far below other developed nations. Even taking into account the recent increase in life expectancy, nations like Japan, France, and Sweden rank far higher

The agency said that more than 84 percent of the jump was from a dip in Covid deaths. 

In 2021, the virus was the third leading cause of death in the country, behind heart disease and cancer - which continue to hold top spots as the most common causes of death.

Increases in suicides and homicides, plus a five-fold increase in drug overdose deaths over the past decade - fueled by a rise in fentanyl contamination - have also contributed to the decline.

According to the latest CDC data, life expectancy increased the most for American Indian and Alaska Native non-Hispanic natives, from 65.6 to 67.9. The Hispanic population was close behind, with an increase of 2.2 years from 77.8 to 80.

Life expectancy remained longer for women. In 2020, women lived six years longer than men, the largest gap since 1996. In 2022, the difference narrowed to 5.4 years, down from 5.8 years in 2021.

'There were positive outcomes all around...all the groups by race and sex experienced increases in life expectancy,' Dr Arias said. 

The CDC said that more than 84 percent of the jump in life expectancy was from a dip in Covid deaths

The CDC said that more than 84 percent of the jump in life expectancy was from a dip in Covid deaths

According to the latest CDC data, life expectancy increased the most for American Indian and Alaska Native non-Hispanic natives, from 65.6 to 67.9. The Hispanic population was close behind, with an increase of 2.2 years from 77.8 to 80

According to the latest CDC data, life expectancy increased the most for American Indian and Alaska Native non-Hispanic natives, from 65.6 to 67.9. The Hispanic population was close behind, with an increase of 2.2 years from 77.8 to 80

However, the US continues to lag behind other developed nations.  

Nonprofit KFF compared US life expectancy data from 1980 to 2021 to 11 other countries. The analysis found that while figures gradually increased among the US and its peer nations up until the Covid pandemic, the US was slower to bounce back.

Between 2020 and 2021, life expectancy in countries like Japan, Switzerland, France, and Sweden slowly started to increase again. 

However, CDC data shows that in 2021, US life expectancy dropped to 76.4 years, its lowest since 1996. This is a 2.4-year decrease from 78.8 years in 2019, and a 0.6-year decline from 2020.

'This increase does not fully offset the loss of 2.4 years of life

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