The mortality rate for white Americans with no more than a high school diploma was about 30% lower than the rate of black Americans in 1999 — but in 2015, it was 30% higher… There was no particular state hit hardest by the mortality rate, and both men and women were equally affected.
Why the change? Despair.
Heart disease and cancer are two of the leading causes of death for middle-aged people… The risk of a population dying from the disease don’t necessarily convey the effect of demographic changes of the population. That is, there are more baby boomers — nearly 75 million aged between 51 and 69 — who are at an age where they’re more at risk from cancer and heart disease.