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US citizens are less healthy but living longer, report says

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3481
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

US citizens are living longer but less healthy lives according to the latest annual compendium of data, a huge 583 pages, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Life expectancy at birth was 76.8 years in 2000 and increased to 78.1 years by 2008, the last year for which data are available. People who had reached 65 years of age could expect to live another 17.6 and 18.8 years at those respective points in time.

White women live the longest; black women live a bit longer than white men; and black men die youngest, though the gap is narrowing.

People’s perception of their …

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