U.S. life expectancy up, poor health up

Feb. 18, 2011 at 1:04 AM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. life expectancy rose and deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke fell, but infant mortality remained high from 2000 to 2007, health officials say.

Health in the United States -- an annual report on trends in health statistics -- indicates the infant mortality rate was 6.75 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007, down from 6.91 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000, but still higher than in most developed countries.

Among people of all ages, 9.9 percent said in 2009 that their health was fair or poor, an increase from 8.9 percent in 2000. For those age 65 and older, 24 percent said they were in fair or poor health -- a drop from 26.9 in 2000.

Although heart disease, cancer stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases and motor vehicle death declined from from 2000 to 2007, death from unintentional injuries rose from 34.9 per 100,000 in 2000 to 40 per 100,000 in 2007.

Ten percent of those age 20 and older with diabetes rose from 8.5 percent in 1999-2000 to 11.9 in 2007-2008.

Obesity increased from 29.9 percent in 1999-2000 to 33.7 percent in 2007-2008. Smoking among adults age 20 and older dropped from 23.2 percent of the population in 2000 to 20.6 percent 2009.

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