U.S. life expectancy has reached a record high. Plus, find out by how much women are expected to outlive men.
Here’s some good news to get you through the rest of the work week: Americans will now live longer than ever before. U.S. life expectancy at birth for the total population reached a record high of 78.8 years in 2012 (the latest year researched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
This is due in part to the reduction in death rates for eight of 10 leading causes of death. (The rate decreased 1.8 percent for heart disease, 1.5 percent for cancer, 2.4 percent for chronic lower respiratory diseases, 2.6 percent for stroke, 3.6 percent for Alzheimer's disease, 1.9 percent for diabetes, 8.3 percent for influenza and pneumonia, and 2.2 percent for kidney disease.) In sadder news, the death rate for suicide actually increased 2.4 percent.
The last important takeaway? Women are still expected to outlive men by a whopping 4.8 years—life expectancy for females was 81.2 years compared to 76.4 years for males. [Click to tweet this stat!]