If only the good die young, Americans are unfortunately getting better.
U.S. life expectancy dipped by about a month last year from 2014, to 78.8 years, according to a report form the National Center for Health Statistics. And our life expectancy is little changed over four years, which means an inauspicious trend could be in the works.
“With four years, you’re starting to see some indication of something a little more ominous,” S. Jay Olshansky, a University of Illinois-Chicago public health researcher, told the Associated Press.
Gender matters: For males, life expectancy fell to 76.3 years from 76.5 years. For women, life expectancy decreased to 81.2, about 0.1 year from 2014.