Study finds mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans increasing rapidly

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depressed-man(NaturalHealth365) Something strange is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Among all ethnicities or races, as well as counterparts of other wealthy countries, the mortality rate for this group has been rising rapidly. In contrast, mortality rates of middle-aged black and Hispanic Americans continue to decline, as well as death rates for the old and young of all ethnic and races.

The increased mortality rate in this group led to a major investigation. The findings were surprising as the death rates in middle-aged white American group wasn’t caused by chronic disease. This was something unexpected and bizarre. So, why are middle-aged white Americans dying at a rapid rate?

A disturbing trend discovered by Nobel Memorial Prize winner

Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton who won the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, made an incredible discovery after a careful analysis of health and mortality data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources between 1999 and 2013. They found that a group of middle-aged white Americans (ages 45 to 54) have an increased mortality rate that continues to increase. This trend is especially alarming as the death rate of other advanced countries, like the United Kingdom, have been declining by about 33 percent.

In the findings of the economists, education seemed to be a factor for the middle-aged white Americans. For those who had a high school diploma or below, the death rate increased by more than 20 percent. Compared with the mortality rate of this group prior to its previous rate from 1979 to 1998, about a half million lives have been lost between the 1999 to 2013 period to something other than chronic disease or aging – something that could have been avoided.

Mortality rates for middle-aged white Americans driven by self-inflicted tragedies

According to the study by Case and Deaton in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the mortality rates of middle-aged white Americans has rapidly increased due to things that could have been avoided. After analyzing health and mortality statistics, they reported that the epidemic of alcohol/drug abuse, diseases formed from those abuses (such as liver disease), and suicide are to blame.

The economists noted that the group’s increasing midlife distress have led to self-inflicted mortality. Alcohol and drug use increased in the group with opioids being the drug of choice amongst the group to numb physical and mental pain. Medications that fall within this class include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, and related drugs. Addictions are difficult to control and usually lead to suicide, alcohol liver disease, and death from disease. According to Case and Deaton:

“Addictions are hard to treat and pain is hard to control, so those currently in midlife may be a ‘lost generation’ whose future is less bright than those who preceded them.”

Causes for self-infliction that lead to mortality

Self-reported health problems and pain, mental health, and the inability to work have contributed to self-infliction amongst middle-aged white Americans according to the report by Case and Deaton.

So, why is the current middle-aged white American generation experiencing so much physical and mental pain compared to previous generations? Could it be due to the economy?

That is most doubtful being that previous generations have fought their way through stressful times. Could it be due to our food supply being tainted with dangerous chemicals and pesticides? Most likely!

In fact, numerous studies have proven that both physical pain and mental instability are a result of toxic food and environmental factors.  What do you think?

About the author: Abby Campbell is a medical, health, and nutrition research writer. She’s dedicated to helping people live a healthy lifestyle in all aspects – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Abby practices, writes, and coaches on natural preventive care, nutritional medicine, and complementary and alternative therapy.

References:
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/10/29/1518393112.abstract
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids

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  • Glenn Frankle

    What I think is we are living a very unnatural lifestyle. When survival was once considered the main goal, it seems to have given way to a culture where everything is expendable including us.

    Joy came in very simply ways, now the simple things don’t cut it. We need to be stimulated all the time. Yes, this comes from the food we now consume, technology we play with and drug highs.

    Some of these drugs come from the doctors prescription pad. The unnatural manufactured food is dangerous, it changes our thinking by not only changing our hormones but brains.

    When our brain is deprived of healthy fats and nutrients it malfunctions. We are exposed to so many toxins, which are in personal care items, household products and the environmental. I don’t think we have to look for the reasons they seem evident.

  • Nathan Hubart

    So much for the steady increase in life expectancy. Until reading this article I would have assumed that heart disease and diabetes along with cancer were behind the decline.

    • There’s a group called C.A.L.M. that try to hi-lite the real statistics.

  • Carol F

    There is no doubt that our life cycle is dependent on our environment. A poor environment can have a profound effect on it. This article makes the case for this fact.

  • kaunas8

    I think that it has to do with the fact that in our society white lower class men are the most despised by society. Men are put down, whites are put down, and the lower classes often get the short end of the stick. But, the black and Hispanic poor at least have a large advocacy class looking out for their interests. And rich white men have more resources, while white women can always scream “Sexism!”. Lower class white men have no protections and have become society´s collective punching bag. Working class jobs have also been undermined by mass immigration and outsourcing of jobs, and with the focus of the government being on creating make work jobs in the health and human services industry to please feminist/women interests, there are less infrastructure jobs as well. In sum, these men are suffering psychologically and physically from being taken advantage of, being looked down upon and not being able to find decent work.

  • Vicki Luibrand

    Antibiotics, vaccines and some foods have caused serious health problems, especially digestive and autoimmune. People are not only in severe discomfort, but cannot function normal lives. Many blacks probably couldn’t afford to go to the doctor as much and get poisoned by these and other drugs. It has taken it’s toll. This is a deliberate attack by Big Pharma in order to increase their profits. People are suffering, and it’s getting worse.

  • Laurence P

    This is not surprising news. I would think that this will apply to everyone, since the food supply is going downhill, while the stress level is going up.

    The unemployment rate is high and the fear factor is up. Medical science can’t offset these facts. So while the pharmaceutical industry tout their wonder drugs they do nothing for these factors.

  • Cary Goodman

    I don’t think the current economic climate is healthy for anyone. Yet, many of my relatives grandparents, parents, uncles made it into their nineties, without any real money. In fact they scraped by, yet they stayed quite healthy.

    Today’s health problems must be from a toxic food supply and environmental poisons.