The average life expectancy of all U.S. residents increased between 2007 and 2008, but the death rate for U.S. residents ages 55 to 64 and ages 75 and older increased.
Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported on mortality trends in a final report on U.S. deaths that took place in 2008.
About 2.5 million people died in the United States in 2008, and the age-adjusted death rate fell 0.2%, to 758 deaths per 100,000 lives.
The overall death rate for many conditions fell, but the overall death rate from some common causes of death, including chronic lung disease and Alzheimer’s disease, rose.
The death rate from lung disease, or “chronic lower respiratory diseases,” increased 7.8%, and the death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased 7.5%. The death rate for deaths caused by high blood pressure increased 4.1%.