Study Mortality Rates for White MiddleAged Americans on the Rise

first_imgMortality rates for White middle-aged Americans are on the rise, while mortality rates among middle-aged Blacks remain the same, according to a Princeton University study released last month.Researchers blamed the increase in White mortality on drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.“Self-reported declines in health, mental health, and ability to conduct activities of daily living, and increases in chronic pain and inability to work, as well as clinically measured deteriorations in liver function, all point to growing distress in this population,” researchers wrote.Researchers found that from 1978 to 1998, the mortality rate for Whites ages 45 to 54 dropped by about 2 percent per year. However, after 1998, death rates began to rise, while mortality rates for non-Hispanic Blacks of the same age dropped 2.6 percent each year since that time.The study, titled “Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife Among White Non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st Century,” can be found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more