Rising Mortality in Middle-Aged White Americans: What Can Doctors Do?

You’ve probably seen the headlines or read the study. Death rates are rising among lower income middle-aged white Americans while death rates in all other demographics are declining. The projected number of lives lost since 1999—more than half a million—is comparable to the current number of deaths due to the AIDS epidemic, the authors wrote. What’s causing these deaths? Suicides, drug/alcohol overdoses, and chronic liver diseases/cirrhosis. All three causes increased year-on-year after 1998. “Although all education groups saw increases in mortality from suicide and poisonings, and an overall increase in external cause mortality, those with less education saw the most […]