The results from the latest data are in. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans on the whole are living longer lives based on 2009 stats (the most recent we have). But not all groups are benefiting as much as others. What does this news mean for you, and what can you do about it?
There's less heart disease, but higher suicide rates.
The increase in life expectancy is felt to be due to decreases in heart disease, cancer, accidental injury, stroke and chronic respiratory disease. These changes aren't surprising, says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge® Test. "We are getting much better at treating heart disease and cancer, as well as prevention of disease. Lifespans would likely be increasing more rapidly if we could get better control of the obesity epidemic."
The CDC data is also consistent withRead More »from We're Living Longer, but Are We Healthier?