U.S. Death Rate Rises for 5 of the 12 Top Causes


The 41st annual health of the nation report from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Health, United States, 2017, includes a feature that focuses on mortality in America, examining when, why, and where people are dying, as well as changes in life expectancy at birth. This report is presented annually to the President and Congress.

According to data through 2016 in the report, life expectancy at birth decreased for the first time since 1993, by 0.2 years between 2014 and 2015, and then by another 0.1 years between 2015 and 2016. From 2000 to 2016, death rates for 5 of the 12 leading causes of death rose. These include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Septicemia (bloodstream infection)
  • Suicide
  • Unintentional injuries

The death rate for drug overdoses in went up by 72 percent between 2006 and 2016, to 19.8 deaths per 100,000 people. In addition to mortality rates, this report also includes information about 10-year trends in more than 100 different health indicators.

Sourced from: CDC