Why Are So Many More Middle-Aged White People Dying?
A study released by a Nobel Prize-winning economist showed liver disease, suicides and drug and alcohol poisoning are hitting the demographic hard.By Cliff Judy | November 3, 2015
We may be closer to understanding a disturbing health trend: the — to this point — unexplained, increasing death rate of white middle-aged Americans.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton and his wife, fellow economist Anne Case, released a study Monday showing from 1999 to 2013, the death rate of middle-aged white people who have a high school education or less increased at an astonishing rate. (Video via Royal Society of Arts)
What's more, the rising rate didn't come from heart disease or other medical issues commonly associated with death rates. While lung cancer rates went down and diabetes remained stable, chronic liver disease, suicides and especially alcohol and drug poisoning spiked.