The team at CCC is highlighting this article today because it is not only a reality check but also in the silver lining there is hope for a better future. There are a lot of things going wrong with the American health care system right now such as life expectancy declining and life expectancy rates decreasing to 29th worldwide. On the bright side we know that it is preventable deaths that are pushing life expectancy downward and that means we control our own individual healthcare fate!
If we do the correct health and wellness steps on a consistent bases then you can create a happy and healthy household. This in turn will create healthy families here in Grand Rapids and that will effect the community as a whole. It is going to take small steps from a large amount of American’s and we can get back on track with the wellness of this country! Here are some highlights from the article.
“For the first time in two decades, life expectancy has declined in the U.S. Obesity appears to have a major role along with the rising rates of eight leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia, the latter of which rose by 15.7 percent rise between 2014 and 2015.”
“The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show life expectancy for both men and women in the U.S. dropped between 2014 and 2015, from 76.5 years in 2014 to 76.3 in 2015 for men, and from 81.3 to 81.2 for women.
As noted by BBC News: “A decline of 0.1 years in life expectancy means people are dying, on average, a little over a month earlier — or two months earlier for men.”
Rises in Preventable Deaths Push Life Expectancy Downward
“In all, there were 86,212 more deaths in 2015 compared to 2014, and as of 2015, the U.S. ranks 29th out of 43 countries for life expectancy, lagging behind countries like Chile, Costa Rica, Slovenia, Korea and the Czech Republic. In 2014, the U.S. ranked 28th.”
“Moreover, according to Dr. Peter Muennig, a professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, this decline in life expectancy is a “uniquely American phenomenon.” No other developed countries experienced this decline.”
We will leave you with one of our favorite quotes:
We never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.
Let us know your thoughts, ideas, any comments, and have a great day!
Yours in Health,
Team at CCC