The Brothas Are Winning!! Life Expectancy For African-American Men At An All Time High

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Bolitics, Congratulations, Did You Know

Congratulations, brothas! You are now officially living longer than all other Black men in the history of these United States.

Too bad you’re still not outliving Black women though. Or White folks. And the rest of us are dying just a little quicker.

Life expectancy of Americans fell for the first time in 15 years, as the nation’s oldest adults died from heart disease, cancer and respiratory ailments, according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Based on data from 2008, the latest available, life expectancy in the U.S. fell 36.5 days from 2007 to 77.8 years, according to the report released today. Life expectancy is calculated by taking the death rates from the U.S. population in a specific year and figuring out the average number of years remaining for a person born in 2008.

Children born in 2008 lost a little over a month of expected life. The drop in expectancy was largely the effect of increased mortality among the oldest adults — those at least 85 — and a rise in age-related ailments such as Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, kidney disease, flu and pneumonia, according to the report. Infant mortality declined, as did deaths among all age groups under 85.

“It’s hard for us to tell exactly what’s driving this,” said Arialdi Minino, a statistician at the health center and one of the report’s authors. The number of older people who died “has been going up consistently, and in this particular year, there was a little more of that than we usually see.”

The drop in life expectancy was mostly in the white population, which fell 73 days, while the rate among black women was unchanged at 76.8 years, and rose among black men to an all- time high of 70.2 years. The infant mortality rate fell 2.4 percent to 6.59 deaths for every 1,000 births in 2008.

And The Others couldn’t even let us have that small victory.

“Since the increase in mortality is affecting people who are above age 85, it may just be there are a lot fewer African- Americans who make it to that age,” said Sam Harper, an epidemiologist at McGill University in Montreal.

Damn.

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Comments

  • Hannibal

    WHAT’S THE LIFE EXPECTANCY NOW, 55? AND HOW ARE THE SISTAS LIVING SO LONG?

    • Kyra

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  • Kayleezy

    Not in Kansas City.

  • i kc u u kc me

    Was that study done on men my Dad’s age? Most of the black men I know are bi or gay I dont think they are going to make 70!

    • Shad

      I was going to ask why would you think a bi/gay man wouldn’t make it to 70 but I think I know why (HIV/Aids)??…Not all Bi/Gay men are promiscuous.

  • TooTRUE

    LOL @ the topic… Well good thing its research done on health ALONE, cause n•ggaz are killing each other every day in the hood..(Well the hood I was from).

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      “this factor was taken out”

  • joey

    Figures.

  • white male

    that picture is funny

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  • E.C. from D.C.

    okay……

  • joey

    Im not buying this crap…..all i see is black men doing is killing each other…or everyone else..or getting locked and catching some disease…or having multiple knuckleheaded babies….that creates more black men…like roaches…yup this may be true then.

    • Illuminate Truth "the strong rule the weak but the wise rule the strong"

      Damn…thats the only black men you see? On what…TV? GTFOH.

  • tbird

    I guess gang violence decreased

  • Luke Cage (Power Man)

    wow! im expected to live 35 more years. Big Dam deal.

  • Ck1

    Glad you changed the picture. The first photo was just plain ol stupid!

  • i kc u u kc me

    Shad it was/is not my intention to offend. I hope that all of us who want them have totally committed relationships.

  • bouyant

    Enjoy! until the next study comes out.

  • Keep it Real

    I would like to see a study of life expectancy of college educated black men. My guess is that ltheir life expectancy is the same or better than African American women with degrees. The reason I say this is because obesity is a problem with black women of all educational levels and a large percentage of young brothers in the hood in the game are being counted. These young brothers life expectancy has absolutely nothing to do with health.

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      Excluding non health factors, women tend to outlive men, no matter what the race. It probably would be the same with black women.

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