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50+: Live Better, Longer

U.S. Life Expectancy Best Ever, Says CDC

Life Expectancy Hovers Just Below 78 Years
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Fewer Heart Disease, Cancer Deaths continued...

More Deaths From Alzheimer's Disease, High Blood Pressure

Death rates rose in these areas since 2002:

  • Alzheimer's disease deaths: up 5.9%
  • High blood pressure and high blood pressure relating to kidney disease: up 5.7%
  • Parkinson's disease deaths: up 3.3%
  • Kidney disease deaths: up 2.1%

Two of those conditions -- Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease -- are usually seen in senior citizens. But age isn't the only hazard. Ignorance is also a problem when it comes to high blood pressure.

Nearly one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, but about a third of them don't know it, says the American Heart Association. That can change with a quick blood pressure test.

Infant Mortality Unchanged

The infant death rate stayed unchanged at 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. For black babies, the rate is nearly twice as high as white infants: 14.1 per 1,000 live births.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) dropped nearly 15%. That may be due to delayed reporting, but SIDS deaths have been falling since 1988, says the CDC.

Build a Longer, Healthier Life

Want to lengthen your life? Many health problems can be prevented or treated. See your doctor to gauge your health and learn how nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, and other treatments can help.

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