The Death Rate in the United States is on the decline, and that’s good news.
Researchers found during a 75 year study, that the average age for passing away in the US has increased.
Therefore, the death rate in the US has been declining, according to the study that began in 1935.
They have seen a decline in the national death rate largely due to the improvement in health care and the declining rate of smokers. According to their research from 1935 to 2010, the death rate has declined by 60%.
The average age one could expect to live until in 1935 was 65, that was if they survived to adulthood. There was a high rate of infant deaths at that time, which actually brought the median age to lower then that.
However, in 2010 the average lifespan was 78-years-old.
“Overall, the improvement in mortality has been significant over the last 75 years,” said report author Donna Hoyert, a health scientist at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
“The way we live now is much different than in the [1930s]. In the medical field, there have been advances and changes in behavior over time,” Hoyert added.
The executive dean for education and policy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Laurence Gardner agreed, noting that “the big change was the cessation of smoking.”
They found that another large factor in a longer life expectancy was the invention of antibiotic’s in the 1940s. “There were some easily treatable potentially fatal diseases, such as pneumonia, that all of a sudden we got antibiotics for,” Gardner said.
In addition, Gardner explained how within the last 20 years the introduction and improvement of cholesterol-lowering drugs have contributed, by fighting cardiovascular disease.