U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Increase According to Latest National Vital Statistics Report

The U.S. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) has issued the latest National Vital Statistics Report Volume 59, Number 9 (data from 2007)- the results show that Life Expectancy overall is continuing to increase – in 2007, the overall expectation of life at birth was 77.9 years, representing an increase of 0.2 years from life expectancy in 2006. From 2006 to 2007, life expectancy at birth increased for all groups considered. It increased for males (from 75.1 to 75.4) and females (from 80.2 to 80.4)

Life expectancy at birth improved because of decreases in mortality from many major killers, including heart disease, cancer, influenza and pneumonia, and also from stroke and diabetes, according to Elizabeth Arias, a researcher in the CDC’s Vital Statistics Division.

The complete report can be found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr59/nvsr59_09.pdf

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