Racial Gap in Life Expectancy Reaches New Low in US

Mike Eckel, Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2012

The gap in life expectancy between blacks and whites in the United States, long attributed to socioeconomic disparities and a range of other factors, continued its historical decline between 2003 and 2008 and is now the smallest ever, Canadian researchers say in a new report.

The study, which drew on data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources and was published in the June 6 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found an increase in life expectancy for both men and women, black and white.

The researchers from McGill University in Montreal noted a convergence in the rate of deaths from HIV and heart disease as contributing to the narrowing of the life expectancy gap.

However the biggest factor in the narrowing of the gap, the researchers said, was an increase in the number of deaths among whites attributed to prescription drug abuse.


The study found that the gap in life expectancy between black and white women of non-Hispanic origin closed to 3.7 years in 2008, down from 4.6 years in 2003. For men, the gap has closed to 5.4 years, down from 6.5 years.

Life expectancy at birth for white men now stands at 76.2 years, up from 75.3 years, compared with 70.8 years for black men, up from 68.8 years. For white women, life expectancy rose from 80.3 to 81.2 years, and for black women from 75.7 to 77.5 years.


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  • WmarkW

    A lot of the narrowing of the current death rates between genders is that women who are now about 80 were the first generation of females who were as likely to smoke as men.  

    How can HIV rates help to close the racial gap?  Blacks are much more likely than whites to contract that disease.

    • IstvanIN

       Anti-viral medications extend the life expectancy of HIV positive people if taken properly.  However, if not taken properly and if the infected individual continues to have sex with others, the virus mutates and makes the drug useless.  Blacks are going to cause the virus to mutate to something really bad considering how reliable they are.

      • robinbishop34

        They can’t seem to reliably take birth control pills so chance are you’re right.

      • Rocky Bass,

         Yeah, these wonderful chemo-therapies now leave their victims dying of “HIV related” liver failures. Since stopping directly killing with AZT, the newer lesser toxic meds do draw the deaths out (to great financial gain for the drug companies). I remember back before the PC name change from GRIDS they were giving folks 6 mons to die, now untreated the “authorities” claim it to take 15-25 years to “progress” to AIDS.  Also know that the list of diseases is totally different now than when this started, PCP being about the only constant (VERY common in heroin addicts).
        Don’t swallow everything your handed by the LEGAL DOPE PUSHERS, they care no more for your well being than do their lesser worshiped counterparts.

  • Hirschibold

    I would like to see the collective blood pressure of white America on a stock market like chart. I imagine the graph would show a sizable uptick in the collective BP sometime in November 2008, onward.  

  • And how long is the average life expectancy for a Black Male on the African continent?  5 minutes?  2 years?  10 days?  

    • mikejones91

      The average is 39 in Swaziland and Angola. 40% below the world average/

      • Sloppo

        The black man sure seems to get into the grave a lot quicker without the white man holding him back.

    • Sloppo

      In Zimbabwe, the black male can expect to live 49 years because they’ve run off or killed most of the white people who were holding them back.

    • Church_of_Jed

      What is the average life expectancy of a White baby in its mother’s womb when said mommy is infected with feminism and the right to choose?

      • Depends on if it has “one drop” or none!

        • Church_of_Jed

          Right- if it has that sacred “one drop” of Diversity, she can sell it to a blonde Nordic couple who want to “do more” for Humanity by undo their White privilege through raising a Diverse family.

  • Another reason for high death rates among white teens is whites moving to rural communities.

    Here in western New York, these are many reports of white teens dying in car accidents on rural roads. They seem to take advantage of the open roads and speed. It’s reckless behavior that’s adding to the white teen death rates.

    It’s heartbreaking to see the photos of four white girls all killed in the same car accident and it’s all too common.

  • Spartan24708

    I’m not terribly surprised. If you still watch television look at the ads for prescription medication. There is something out there for just about everything you can imagine, half of which is not really something that needs to be medicated. Most of the medication commercials are on programming that is aimed at older people but the generation that came of age in the 1960’s is far more likely to want to pop a pill to solve any and all of their problems. If you hear the side effects of some of these pills it is a wonder that anyone would want to take them or a decent doctor prescribe them. The list of side effects for Chantix alone make smoking sound absolutely healthy! 

  • Anan7

     I work out to varying degrees every day of every week.  If I ever have children they will be raised to keep themselves physically fit.

    All Whites should do the same.  Where there is a healthy body there is a healthy mind.