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Life Expectancy: Men Catching Up

Thursday, 20 April 2006 12:00 AM

American men's life expectancy is catching to to women's, but there's still a way to go, according to the latest figures (2004) released by the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics.

Overall, for men and women, the national life expectancy at birth was 77.9 years, the highest it has ever been, up from 77.5 in 2003.

Women's life expectancy was 80.4 years, up from 80.1 in 2003. For men it was 75.2 years, up from 74.8 in 2003. This gender gap of 5.2 years was the narrowest it has been since 1946.

Alzheimer's disease in 2004 climbed into seventh place among the nation's leading killers, swapping place with influenza and pneumonia . Heart disease, cancer, and stroke were the three leading killers.

Age-adjusted death rates fell to a record low of 801 deaths per 100,000 population in 2004, down from almost 833 deaths per 100,000 in 2003.

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