Mortality for mothers and children under 5 is 6.5 per 1,000 live births in the U.S., compared to 4.9 for other wealthy countries.
Healthy life expectancy — the number of years people can expect to live without disability — is 65.5 years in the U.S., more than two decades fewer than in Japan.
Overall life expectancy in the U.S. hasn’t risen since 2010, in part because of a 16.7% increase in the number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease since that year.
65,700 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2019, more than double the number in 2010. Those deaths account for more than half of all drug overdose fatalities worldwide and held down life expectancy in the U.S.
High blood pressure, obesity and metabolic disorders are all on the rise in the U.S.