A recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on data from 2008, shows a few interesting changes.
- African-americans are catching up in terms of long life, though still behind.
- Both white men and women increased their average life expectancy by 0.9 years.
- African-american men increased theirs by 2 years and women by 1.8 years.
See the graph below.
The strange thing for me (a white male), in that 5 year period my own life expectancy rose nearly a year. If that continues, doing a little math, I can expect to live for 85-87 years (on average). That’s pretty cool.