“We found increases in death rates across 35 causes of death.”
Fox Business – Despite making up only 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States generates 20 percent of global total income, making it the largest economy.
But America’s workforce is dying faster than in any other country, according to new data.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found rising mortality in U.S. adults, ages 25 to 64.
“U.S. life expectancy has not kept pace with that of other wealthy countries and is now decreasing,” the study pointed out. And “the implications for public health and the economy are substantial, making it vital to understand the underlying causes.”
Despite leading the world in per-capita spending on health care, the United States still comes in with the worst midlife mortality rate among 17 high-income countries.
While life expectancy has actually ticked up in other industrialized nations, it’s decreased in America from a peak of 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 in 2017, per the data.
That’s compared to a global average of 82.2 years; in Japan, the average life expectancy is 84.1 years, a full 5.2 years higher than in the United States.
Steven Woolf, the study’s lead author, told USA Today, “we found increases in death rates across 35 causes of death.”