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Signs You’ll Live a Long Life

There are some special signs you'll live a long life and even possibly make it to 100. When you're in your teens, you might feel like you're going to live forever. But, as the years ago by, you're probably getting more aware of your fallibility and the inevitability that one day, you'll no longer be on this Earth. Not to sound depressing, but the good news is that there are these signs you'll live a long life and things you can do to increase your chances of doing so. The Average Lifespan of Americans Before we get to some signs you'll live a long life, let's talk about the average lifespan of Americans today. According to the experts at Healthsystemtracker.org, "In 1980, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. and in comparably large and wealthy countries was similar, but over recent decades, life expectancy improved by much more in peer nations than it has in the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic increased mortality and  premature death rates in the U.S. by more than it did in most peer countries, widening a gap that already existed before the pandemic." So, the lifespan of Americans is trending in the wrong direction. In fact, according to their numbers, life expectancy in the U.S. went down by 1.3 years from 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic to 2022. But, in "peer countries," life expectancies dropped by an average of 0.5 years in that same time window. Life expectancy in the U.S. went up by 1.1 years from 2021 to 2022, following the pandemic, but it's still "well below pre-pandemic levels and continues to lag behind life expectancy in comparable countries, on average," they note. According to the CDC, the life expectancy for both sexes at birth is 76.4 years. For males, it's 73.5 years, and for females, it's 79.3 years. The CDC also notes that, "The infant mortality rate was 543.6 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2021. The change in infant mortality from 2020 was not statistically significant." They add that, "Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in 2021 remained the same as in 2020. Heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19 remained the top 3 leading causes." If you're wondering about infant mortality, the leading causes of infant death in 2021 according to the experts at the CDC were "congenital malformations, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, unintentional injuries, maternal complications, cord and placental complications, bacterial sepsis of newborn, respiratory distress of newborn, diseases of the circulatory system, and intrauterine hypoxia and birth asphyxia)." But, enough about death. Let's get into some things to look out for that are signs you'll live a long life. Hopefully you'll make it to 100 or older. Signs You'll Live a Long Life

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