The death rates of middle aged white Americans have been increasing, according to the latest report released by the Commonwealth Fund. The authors of the report were David Blumenthal, who is the president, the MD and the MPP of the Commonwealth Fund and David Squire, who is the MA.
Between 1999 and 2014 the deaths of white adults with ages between 45 and 54 have increased with 60% due to the heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease. Also, the rates of death caused by substance abuse and suicide have increased with 40% for the middle aged adults.
For their report, the authors and their team collected data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They discovered that this concerning situation was present in all of the states in the United States, but it was more prevalent in Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. In these states, the mortality rates registered in 2014 were up to 76% higher than expected for the middle aged persons. According to the researchers, the white middle aged people situated in West Virginia are dying at very high rates. Actually, such high death rates haven’t been registered since 1980. There were some states that registered a drop in the middle aged death rates and these were New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut and California.
Heart disease is the main factor of these unusual statistics, as it is the second cause of death in middle aged white Americans. In the period between 1968 and 1998 the cases of heart disease have decreased in the United States but after that period of time, the cases have been increasing constantly. This is not the case for the Hispanics and the Afro Americans, as among them the heart disease cases have been decreasing ever since. There are some good news for the white middle aged Americans though, as the deaths caused by cancer in this age group have decreased with 14% since 1999.
According to the authors of the report, the fact that the death rates of middle aged white Americans have been increasing is alarming and they suggest that they are caused by the lack of healthcare. For example, many of the states with high death rates among middle aged persons do not have Medicaid. The researchers stated that changing these mortality rates should be an urgent and a top priority.
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