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Did you feel that? Americans on average just lost 36.5 days off their life expectancy.


Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the first time in 22 years.

The average American life expectancy has dropped to 78 years, 9 months -- the first decline since 1993, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The reason? The top 10 leading causes of death are deadlier now than ever before.

Last year, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and suicide all claimed more lives than in previous years. 

A total of 2,712,630 deaths were registered in America last year -- up 86,212 compared to 2014. 

So, what does this mean?

Americans just aren't living as long as they used to...

The overall life expectancy, for a person born in the United States in 2015, fell from 78.9 years to 78.8 years, on average. That’s 0.1 years,  or 36.5 days less than in 2014.

Last year, the overall death rate increased from 724.6 per 100,000 people to 733.1 per 100,000.

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Google graph on life expectancy around the world

Here's a Google chart showing the life expectancy averages around the world from 2012.

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