Gains in Life Expectancy in the US May Be Slipping

  • Vladimir Canudas-Romo

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Nearly four in five Americans over age 67 have multiple chronic medical conditions. “In some ways we’re a victim of our own success. As we’re living longer and our health system has gotten better, no longer are people dying of heart disease at age 50 so now they’re dying of heart disease later when they have other things like cancer as well,” says DuGoff. Whatever gains improved health care has provided may be eroded by the effect of these accumulating chronic conditions. “We need to reorient our healthcare system to care for chronic conditions. If we don’t reorientate ourselves in that way, the impact of chronic conditions on life expectancy could be extremely negative.”
Period24. Jul 2014

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