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U.S. life expectancy is falling behind  

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(Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

In December of 2022, the U.S. average life expectancy was at its lowest in two decades according to reports released by the Centers for Disease Control.  

While that average has risen in the past few months, the U.S. remains significantly behind many of its European counterparts and its neighbor to the North. According to the World Population Review, the current U.S. life expectancy sits just below 80 years. While this is above the world average, the U.S. is far from the top. Countries that rank higher than the U.S. include the UK, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and many more.   

Main causes for lower life expectancy in the U.S. include COVID, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and gun violence.  

This Friday on Noon Edition, we will talk with guests about this new data on U.S. life expectancy and related issues.   

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Amy Meek (MSN, RN) - IU Health South Central Region Community Health Director 

Dr. John Sparzo (MD, MBA) - IU Health South Central Region Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

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