Why US Life Expectancy Is Falling, in Three Charts

November 29, 2018

(Quartz) – There were roughly 69,000 more deaths in 2017 than there were in 2016. Heart disease has been the number-one overall killer for many years and still topped the list in 2017. But it doesn’t explain the falling overall life expectancy; in fact, death rates from heart disease are on the decline. Instead, the CDC suggests life expectancy rates stagnated in the early 2010s and have since started to fall because of the sharp increase over that timeframe of two types of highly preventable causes of death: drug overdoses and suicides.

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