U.S. Mortality Rate Rises for First Time in Decades
Experts are becoming concerned with the rise in death rates in the United States.
Details of the New Death Rate Data
According to the New York Times, the number of deaths per 100,000 Americans has increased for the first time in decade. The death rate rose to 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, up from 723.2 in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Researchers state there has been an increase in deaths due to suicides, drug overdoses, and Alzheimer’s disease. These death are particularly common undereducated whites who have been hit the hardest by the prescription drug epidemic.
Andrew Fenelon, who is a researcher at the Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) stated that the rise in death rates in the United States would put the nation behind its European counterparts, due to the fact that there mortality rates seem to be declining. It states that chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease still take more lives than suicide or homicide.
Statistics on the Mortality Rate in the U.S.
- In 2015 (12-month period ending with the fourth quarter of 2015), the crude death rate for all causes was 841.9 per 100,000 population, an increase from 823.6 in 2014. The age-adjusted death rate remained higher in 2015 than in 2014 (729.5 and 723.2, respectively).
- For 2015, the crude death rate for all causes was 920.1 in the first quarter, 822.5 in the second quarter, 790.6 in the third quarter, and 835.6 in the fourth quarter. The rates for the first three quarters of 2015 were higher than the rates for the same quarters of 2014 (871.9, 802.2, and 773.9, respectively). However, the death rate for the fourth quarter of 2015 was lower than the rate for the fourth quarter of 2014 (847.0). The age-adjusted death rate for the first three quarters remained higher in 2015 (800.0, 714.3, and 684.7, respectively) than in 2014 (769.6, 706.9, and 679.1, respectively), and the rate for the fourth quarter remained lower in 2015 (719.1) than in 2014 (735.8).
- The death rate from heart disease stood at 167.1 in 2015, up from 166.7 in 2014.
- The death rate from suicides rose to 13.1 in the third quarter of 2015, from 12.7 in the same quarter of 2014.
- The rate for Alzheimer’s disease was also up, rising to 29.2 in 2015, compared with 25.4 in 2014.