Lifespan up, yet with more years of ill health

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Lifespan up, yet with more years of ill health

In the United States and worldwide, people are living longer, but aging carries disease toll
Rhonda Stewart

Even as life expectancy is increasing in the United States and many parts of the world, people are living more years with chronic illness or disabling conditions. This is among the findings from  a recent study conducted through the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The researchers reported on the disorders that sap well-being as people age.

The leading causes of years lived with a debilitating disease in the United States were ischemic heart disease, low back and neck pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, depressive disorders, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, other musculoskeletal disorders, stroke, and sense organ diseases such as vision and hearing loss.  They also looked at differences between men and women in the most common types of diseases they live with as they grow older. 

Read the paper published in The Lancet.