U.S. Life expectancy rate drops for first time in decades

MASON CITY, Iowa – Life expectancy in the United States has dropped for the first time in more than 20 years.

That’s according to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those born in 2015 are expected to live an average of 78 years and nine and a half months.  That’s about a month less than those born in 2014. Experts say drop is likely due to an increase of those deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

“We have over 66 percent of Iowans that are either overweight or obese.  We do know that if there is weight lots it definitely can dramatically change or delay, prevent type two diabetes,” Karen Crimmings, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Service Manager said with Cerro Gordo County Public Health.

A reminder, Cerro Gordo County Public Health offers a free diabetes clinic.  It can help you learn about healthy eating habits and exercise plans.

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