Life Expectancy Drops In New York

( )- According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2020, New York State had the steepest drop in life expectancy of any state in the country.

The CDC’s National Vital Statistic Report found that in 2019, New York had the third-highest life expectancy in the nation with 80.7 years. By 2020, the state’s life expectancy fell by three full years to 77.7, dropping the state to 15th place.

However, New York’s lower life expectancy rate is still higher than the national average of 77 years, the lowest national average since 2002.

Nationwide, the life expectancy in the United States fell between 2019 and 2020 by 1.8 years. According to the report, the drop was largely due to the COVID pandemic along with increases in “unintentional injuries,” most notably drug overdoses.

Among males, New York’s life expectancy fell from 78.2 years in 2019 to 74.8 years in 2020. Among females, it dropped from 83.1 in 2019 to 80.7 in 2020, making the 5.9-year gap between males in females in New York State the 13th widest gender gap in the country.

The CDC also found life expectancy for New Yorkers aged 65 dropped by nearly two years, from 20.3 in 2019 to 18.4 in 2020, dropping the state from 3rd place to 21st place in the nation. Among men, those 65 had a life expectancy of 16.8 additional years while 65-year-old women went from 21.6 years in 2019 to 19.9 years in 2020.

Dr. Sal Giorgianni, a senior advisor for Men’s Heath Network, said the disparity in the life expectancy of men compared to women shows a need to reconsider US health care for men. The lower life expectancy among men nationwide is driven mainly by cardiovascular disease and lung cancer, both of which Giorgianni said are largely “preventable