“In 2021, the average American could expect to live until the age of 76, federal health researchers reported today. The figure represents a loss of almost three years since 2019, when Americans could expect to live, on average, nearly 79 years. The decline has hit Native American and Alaska Native communities particularly hard.”Excerpt from NY Times dtd 8/31/2022 by Roni Carlyn Rabin
In the meantime I read an article that among the G7 countries,” Japan has the highest life expectancy according to 2016 OECD data.” Japanese men have a life expectancy of 81 years while the life expectancy of Japanese women is even better at 87 years.
Apparently the higher mortality and healthy age is due to fewer deaths from heart disease and cancers, particularly breast and prostate cancer. The said low mortality thought to be attributed to a low rate of obesity, low consumption of red meat, and high consumption of seafood, plant foods such as soybeans and tea. In Japan, the obesity rate is low (4.8% for men and 3.7% for women) primarily due to dietary choices of moderation.
What does these data and facts mean? Hypothesis? Thoughts?