The Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics released data on death rates in the U.S. in 2015, reporting that the overall death rate was higher that year than in the preceding one for the first time in a decade.
Before worry sets in, note that the figures do not highlight whether an uptick in deaths is the start of a trend or if it is an anomaly. That said, the 2015 death rate was 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 723.2 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014.
Farida Ahmad, the mortality surveillance lead researcher at the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics, pointed out that this is preliminary data, and that demographics are not yet available, according to Vice News. But the numbers are still a surprise considering advances in medicine over the last ten years.
It’s difficult not to call to mind the recently-reported and disturbing figures on the rise in suicide rates in the U.S. In April, the National Center for Health Statistics reported a surge in suicide rates in the country, which reached a 30-year high. Federal data analysis found that suicide increased in every age group except older adults. Prescription drug overdoses have also been rising.
Generally though, death rates have been declining for years in various demographics. Stay tuned for more insight into the C.D.C.’s research as it becomes available.