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In the latest annual report of the National Center for Health Statistics, there are abundant signs of declining health for American men
These and other excerpts from the annual report, which tracks the health of the US population through various indicators, have an impact on productivity, wages, and more. and the wider economy.
Here are some other highlights of the October 30 report.
Life expectancy is decreasing in the demographic conditions in America. Forecasts for whites, blacks, and Hispanics dropped to 78.5, 74.9, and 81.8, respectively, by 2017, after reaching their maximum in 2012 or 2014 for these groups.
The decline in life expectancy is partly due to death by despair. From 2007 to 2017, drug overdose deaths increased 82%, to 21.7 deaths from 11.9 per 100,000. Over the same 10-year period, the suicide rate increased by 24% to 14.0 deaths from 11.3 per 100,000 population.
Males had twice the death toll from drug overdoses in 2017, and the percentages for males have almost doubled since 2007. The increase is particularly pronounced among males ages 25-34 and 35-44, shows the report.
While drug overdose rates per 100,000 are significantly lower in women, in recent years younger age groups have seen a significant increase. Drug overdose deaths increase by about 17% annually among women ages 15-34
Suicides among Americans have also increased dramatically – from 26,869 in 1980 to 47,173 in 2017. In 2017, This is the second leading cause of death in accidents for young age groups – 10-14, 15-19 and 20-24 – and has reached a record high, especially for younger men.
Many Americans suffer from poor health. About one-third of adults suffer from a condition that limits functionality, which is a problem with age. The number of adults aged 65 and over struggling with poor health, affecting families and increasing pressure on health services and social care, increased from 14.7 million in 2010 to 20.4 million in 2017
The use of e-cigarettes among high school students, grades nine through 12, increased during this decade to 20.8% in 2018 from 1.5% in 2011. The percentage has almost doubled in the last year alone. 11.7% in 2017, data show.
From 1999–2000 to 2015–2016, the prevalence of age-related obesity in men increased from 27.4% to 38.1%. For the American woman, the situation is even worse – the prevalence of obesity among them is increasing from 33.3% to 41.2%.
Obesity in adults is associated with higher mortality, as it is often associated with hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and more. type 2 diabetes and other health conditions that limit functionality such as asthma, sleep apnea and joint problems.
Many poor health problems stem from lower incomes.
Low-income adults are more likely to delay, or not receive, needed medical care because of costs. While 7.4% of Americans were late or did not receive medical attention because of their associated costs, this figure declined from 10.9% in 2010. Based on per capita Americans spent $ 10,739 on health care costs in 2017
There is some good news in the report as well. Although heart disease remains the most common cause of death – deaths from heart disease and cancer dropped by about 15% between 2007 and 2017. Stroke deaths for both men and women declined by 13.6%, mainly due to better prevention, diagnosis and treatment, according to the report.
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