Life expectancy has increased in the US and in the world for the past century. In 2010, life expectancy plateaued in the US while continuing to increase in other high-income nations. In the US, life expectancy declined for 3 consecutive years (2015-2017) due primarily to an increase in mortality among working-age adults (those aged 25-64 years).1 Although the increase in mortality was first described among White middle-aged adults, mortality is now increasing among young and middle-aged adults and in all racial groups. This increase in premature death, claiming lives during the prime working ages, has important implications for individuals, families, communities, employers, and the nation.
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Harris KM, Woolf SH, Gaskin DJ. High and Rising Working-Age Mortality in the US: A Report From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. JAMA. 2021;325(20):2045–2046. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.4073
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