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Americans are living longer, but obesity and diabetes are rising

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1143
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Life expectancy at birth in the United States rose from 76.8 years in 2000 to 77.9 in 2009, an annual review of the health of Americans states. However, white people continue to outlive black people, though this gap has narrowed since 1990. In 2009 the average life expectancy of black men was six years less than that of white men, while black women lived four years less …

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