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Multiple Factors Liable for Daunting Death Rate in Midlife

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Despite spending more on health care per person than other countries, life expectancy in the U.S. is declining
  • Drug overdoses continue to rise as new addictive opioids enter the market aimed at chronic pain. One manufacturer sought to become an end-to-end pain provider, contributing to the number who overdose and die on opioid drugs
  • Obesity is a significant factor contributing to metabolic related disease, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease, which increase your risk of premature death
  • Hepatotoxicity may also be associated with chronic, staggered overdose pattern of acetaminophen consumption to treat pain conditions

The U.S. has recorded declining life expectancy and increasing mortality for people in midlife, despite spending a disproportionate amount on health care per person relative to wealth than any other country. Those in wealthy countries tend to spend more per person on health care yet, on average, the U.S. spends nearly double the amount that most other wealthy countries spend per person.

Per capita, in dollars, the U.S. spent $10,224 per person in 2017 as compared to the second-highest spender, Switzerland, at $8,009 per person. Following far behind is third-place Germany at $5,728 per person.


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