Life expectancy in the U.S. hits record high

A new report shows that life expectancy among Americans is at a record high.

By Heather Records

ATLANTA, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Americans are now living longer.

This, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.


The report shows life expectancy in 2012 among Americans is at 78.8 years -- which is a record high.

That's .1 years higher from 2011 when it was 78.7 years.

Break down the numbers by the sexes and the news is better for women, worse for men.

Average life expectancy for women is 81.2; for men, it's 76.4 years.

Other findings include that Black males have the highest death rates. It also found that Black females have a higher rate of death than White women.

The report's authors say the reason is African Americans have higher rates of heart disease than other races and have double the rate of hypertension as non-Hispanic whites; the rate of homicide, considered an unintentional injury, for blacks is 5.2 per 100,000 population, compared to 2.5 for non-Hispanic whites.

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