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Californians no longer live as long as they used to. this is why

The average life expectancy of Californians has dropped dramatically in the past year, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Californians are losing, on average, two years of their lives, according to the latest CDC report. National Vital Statistics Reportwhich tracked the death rates of all 50 states from 2019 to 2020. The report shows that all states and the District of Columbia experienced a drop in life expectancy, with a national average of 77 years, a year less than the study of the previous year of 78 .

The states with the largest declines in life expectancy include those in the “Southwest and the US-Mexico border area,” including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Washington, DC, and New Jersey. The study data was compiled using final death counts from the National Vital Statistics System, population figures from the US Census Bureau, and state-specific population and death counts from the Centers for Medicare Services. and Medicaid.

Last year, California ranked second for having the highest life expectancy rate in the country, behind Hawaii. While Hawaii ranked first in this year’s report, with an average life expectancy of 80.7 years, California fell to fourth place, tied with Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with a new average of 79 years. Women in California appear to be doing better than men, with a life expectancy of 82 years for women and 76 for men, down from 78 years compared to the previous year’s report.

What is the cause of these shorter lives? COVID-19.

Overall life expectancy in the United States decreased by an average of 1.8 years, “primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the study says. In 2020 alone, COVID-19 accounted for at least 400,000 confirmed deaths, but that number has surpassed 1 million since the start of the pandemic in 2019, the largest increase in mortality in the US in the last 100 years. for him Census Bureau.

According to California COVID-19 Dashboardthe state has experienced 94,047 COVID deaths, and the virus is the third leading cause of death in the state, by the CDC.

Another factor influencing the decline in life expectancy across the country is the rise in “unintentional injuries,” primarily from drug overdoses, the report notes.

there was an estimate 107,622 drug overdoses in the US in 2021, up 15% from 2020, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, were responsible for 71,238 deaths, the leading cause of drug-related deaths in 2021, followed by psychostimulants such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and prescription drugs.

The other six eight states in the top 10 for life expectancy are no. 2 Washington (79.2 years), no. 3 Minnesota (79.1), no. 7 Vermont (78.8), no. 8 Oregon (78.8), no. 9 Utah (78.6) and No. 10 Connecticut (78.4).

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