When it comes to both life expectancy and disability in the United States, there’s huge disparity from state to state.

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Poverty in the U.S. is often associated with deprivation, in areas including housing, employment, and education. A new study has also shown another stark reality: Poor people live shorter lives, too. via MIT

We’ve known for some time now that Americans are increasingly dying younger, but the scale and nature of the problem has been a little bit murky. There was speculation that the downturn in American life expectancy was all thanks to “deaths of despair,” but some experts have said that might not be the full story, and that obesity and tobacco are still major factors in American mortality.

A new study out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association drills down into which states are showing increases in deaths among the young, and why. In doing so, it reveals a profound disparity among the states when it comes to both life expectancy and disability.

Most startlingly, since 1990, 21 states have seen an increase in the death rate among people aged 20 to 55. In five states—Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wyoming—the probability of early death among young adults rose by more than 10 percent in that time frame. Meanwhile, in New York and California, young and middle-aged people became much less likely to die in the same time period. The authors note that opioids, alcoholism, suicide, and kidney disease—which can be brought on by diabetes and alcoholism—were the main factors leading to the increases in early deaths.

In 2016, the 10 states with the highest probability of premature death among 20- to 55-year-olds were West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Meanwhile, the 10 states with lowest probability of premature death among this age group were Minnesota, California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.

“Overall the nation and some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries,” Ali Mokdad, a University of Washington epidemiologist who co-wrote the study, said in a statement. “The strain on America’s health resources is getting worse, and the need for prevention services and greater access to and quality of medical care is increasing.”

Though not an immediate cause of death, major depression increased by more than 27 percent across the country between 1990 and 2016, and anxiety rose by 31 percent.

Some of the findings track with the “diseases of despair” hypothesis—the idea that Americans are self-medicating their misery with alcohol and drugs—but it’s also clear that Americans’ poor diets are a major part of the problem. Between 1990 and 2016, Alzheimer’s disease and opioid abuse became more prominent causes of death and disability, but so did diabetes. A poor diet was the leading cause of death, followed by tobacco use and high blood pressure.

“To an increasing degree, overweight, obesity, and sugary diets are driving up health-care costs and are costing Americans years of healthy life,” said the University of Washington’s Chris Murray, who also authored the study, in a statement. “They are undermining progress toward better health.”

Yes, it all has to do with money, I guess!

Jama Network, The Atlantic, CDC1, CDC2, The Guardian, MIT

4 COMMENTS

  1. Capitalism is unethical and immoral. Time for Americans to start talking to each other about the role of the media and what economic and social policies benefit all Americans. Also…the Rothchild’s own the Federal Reserve Banking institution. What are the advantages of have a “State Owned” bank working for the the people of United States.

  2. Don’t think the chemical war being waged in “America” has anything to do with it? The Chemical War waged by The District of Columbia against The “American” people. Fluoride, Chem-Trails, Chemo-Therapy, GMO’s, Pharmaceuticals, the Vaccines, Booze and Drugs, etc., etc., etc.. The air we breathe poison, the food we eat poison, the water we drink poison, what’d you expect?
    What “Americans” need is for the Russians and the Iranians to demand the bottom feeder’s working for the Rothschild Corporation, THE UNITED STATES COMPANY, 1871, formerly, the United States of America, 1776, the bottom feeder’s in the District of Columbia, stop, committing Chemical Warfare against the people of the USC 1871, formerly the USA 1776.
    What we, the people, need is some real Representation, the Lawyers we have today in the District of Columbia are there only for the money and for the money do exactly as they are told to do by the Duel Citizens, the Foreign Corporation of Rothschild, that pays them off.
    We, the people, need a real Military that has our best interest in mind, real Police that really do serve and protect and Judges who don’t do like the people working the District of Columbia do, that is, crap on all Law natural and ethical, and only do what their Masters overseas tell them to do, which is shorten the life span of all the people, anyway possible, and, as quick as possible.
    We, the people, need schools and teachers that are concerned about real history and real truth, and a lot less concerned about teaching our children licentiousness and insanity.
    To increase our life span we must avoid the Doctors who are just part of the higher order of people occupying our nation, we have plenty of farm land, plenty of good land to raise our food animals on, plenty of good water and air, all we really need is to get the Suits out of our lives and in prison where they belong.
    World, please know: it is not US, nor USA, it is USC and them, the Leadership put in place by the Jewish Rothschild’s and their criminal gangs, everywhere. We, the people, our children pumped full of poison before they are a year old, ensuring they die early, we, need help, please world, help us out, will you.

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