Death Rates From Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes Slowed In America: Study

In a new study it is found fewer deaths in America are caused due to cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and injuries.

Researchers from the American Cancer Society analyzed federal mortality data, death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System, from 1969 to 2013 and measured the deaths figure per 100,000 people in a given year. They focused on top killers like cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and accidents.

Details of study are found in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The journal writes it is too early to mark it as the start of a trend as the slowdown has been seen in just over four years and this is a very short period for long-term mortality trends.

After the 1960s the life span of Americans has lengthened drastically due to advances in technology as well as medical care, and in particular the drive down death rates is from heart disease.

The death rates have dropped by about 43 percent in the period of over 44 years, the period of study. In detail, the mortality rates have been lowered by 77 percent for stroke, by 68 percent for heart disease, by 18 percent for cancer and by 17 percent for diabetes.

Dr. J. Michael McGinnis from the National Academy of Medicine said in future more progress could be seen but it will take the effort of individual as well as the community too.