Average US life expectancy up 73 days in one year

Yesterday, the National Center for Health Statistics in its preliminary 2007 statistical report on deaths indicated that average life expectancy (at birth) in the US was up 73 days in 2007 from 2006, up to 77.9 years.  The report indicated life expectancy rose from 75.1 to 75.3 years for men and from 80.2 to 80.4 years for women. The 5.1- year difference in male and female life expectancy was year-to-year the same though it is down from 7.8 years back in 1979.

The age-adjusted death rate in the United States continued its steady year-by-year decline and fell to 760.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2007, about half of what it was 60 years ago.

“Mortality rates declined significantly for eight of the 15 leading causes of death, including —  8.4 percent decline from influenza and pneumonia, 6.5 percent decline from homicides, 5 percent decline from accidents, 4.7 percent from heart disease, 4.6 percent from stroke, 3.9 percent from diabetes, 2.7 percent from high blood pressure and 1.8 percent drop from cancer. — There was also a 10 percent drop in deaths from HIV and AIDS between 2006 and 2007 — the biggest one-year fall since 1998. HIV, however, remains the leading cause of death among 25 to 44 year olds(ref).” 

Of relevance from an anti-aging viewpoint, the 15 leading causes of death in 2007 were reported to be: 

1. Diseases of heart 615,651

2. Malignant neoplasms 560,187

3. Cerebrovascular diseases 133,990

4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 129,311

5. Accidents (unintentional injuries) 117,075

6. Alzheimer’s disease 74,944

7. Diabetes mellitus 70,905

8. Influenza and pneumonia 52,847

9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 46,095

10. Septicemia 34,851

11. Intentional self-harm (suicide) 33,185

12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 28,504

13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease 23,769

14. Parkinson’s disease 20,136

15. Assault (homicide) 17,520

All other causes 465,089        

In the May 2009 blog entry Social ethics of longevity I argued that social evolution requires that people live longer – and is in fact leading to longer and longer life spans. “As social evolution advances at an exponentially increasing rate and society continues to become more complex, there is an ever-increasing need for people to draw on vast resources of information, deep knowledge and wisdom to survive and advance the society.  The time required for basic education continues to grow and continuing education becomes a lifelong necessity.   Longer life spans therefore serve the need of social evolution by increasing mobilization of knowledge and wisdom.”    Increase in average life span of 73 days in the course of just one year is not doing badly at all. 

Anti-aging science, the subject of this blog, is part of this broad stream of social and human evolution leading to longer and longer lives.  I welcome you who are joining me in exploring the scientific frontier of this stream!

About Vince Giuliano

Being a follower, connoisseur, and interpreter of longevity research is my latest career. I have been at this part-time for well over a decade, and in 2007 this became my mainline activity. In earlier reincarnations of my career. I was founding dean of a graduate school and a university professor at the State University of New York, a senior consultant working in a variety of fields at Arthur D. Little, Inc., Chief Scientist and C00 of Mirror Systems, a software company, and an international Internet consultant. I got off the ground with one of the earliest PhD's from Harvard in a field later to become known as computer science. Because there was no academic field of computer science at the time, to get through I had to qualify myself in hard sciences, so my studies focused heavily on quantum physics. In various ways I contributed to the Computer Revolution starting in the 1950s and the Internet Revolution starting in the late 1980s. I am now engaged in doing the same for The Longevity Revolution. I have published something like 200 books and papers as well as over 430 substantive.entries in this blog, and have enjoyed various periods of notoriety. If you do a Google search on Vincent E. Giuliano, most if not all of the entries on the first few pages that come up will be ones relating to me. I have a general writings site at www.vincegiuliano.com and an extensive site of my art at www.giulianoart.com. Please note that I have recently changed my mailbox to vegiuliano@agingsciences.com.
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