CDC releases 40th annual report on health of nation: 7 takeaways

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The CDC on Wednesday released its 40th annual report on the nation's health.

The report, entitled "Health, United States, 2016," tracks the long-term health trends in the U.S. and is the result of collaborative efforts made by the CDC, HHS and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Here are seven key takeaways.

1. Life expectancy increased from 68.8 to 76.3 years for males and from 76.6 to 81.2 years for females between 1975 and 2015. However, both males and females experienced a slight decline in life expectancy — 0.2 and 0.1, respectively — between 2014 and 2015.

2. The infant mortality rate dropped 63 percent between 1975 and 2015.

3. The age-adjusted heart disease death rate fell 61 percent from 431.2 to 168.5 deaths per 100,000 population between 1975 and 2015.

4. Over the same time period, the age-adjusted cancer death rate dropped 21 percent from 200.1 to 158.5 deaths per 100,000 population.

5. The prevalence of cigarette smokers declined from 36.9 percent to 15.6 percent among individuals aged 25 and older between 1974 and 2015.

6. The obesity rate among individuals over the age of 20 rose from 22.9 percent in 1988–1994 to 37.8 percent in 2013–2014.

7. The number of community hospital beds per 1,000 residents dropped from 4.6 to 2.5 between 1975 and 2015.

To read the full report, click here.

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