new study shows Tennessee is the No. 43 state in America with a life expectancy 76.1 years old.

People in Hawaii have the longest life expectancy at birth at 81.3 years, while Mississippi’s 74.7-year life expectancy is the nation’s lowest. The nine lowest life expectancy states are all in the South.

U.S. life expectancy declined nationally for the third consecutive year in 2018. The consistent decline over the past few years is the worst life expectancy showing our country has had since a period between 1915 and 1918. However, the causes differ greatly by state. on Wednesday released a study on Life Expectancy In Every U.S. State following analysis of reports from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Journal of the American Medical Association released in 2018.

There’s no doubt the average American life is healthier and longer than it was over 100 years ago, but our modern lives are beginning to see a shift not just in how long we live but in what issues are most likely to contribute to our deaths. Heart disease and cancer remain the two leading causes of death, but recent years have seen huge increases in death rates from suicide, drug addiction and alcoholism.

Below are key findings in Tennessee and nationally:

  • Heart Disease: Tennessee ranks No. 6 with 202.2 deaths per 100,000 people.  Oklahoma had the most heart related deaths with 237.2 per 100,000. Minnesota had the fewest with 119.1 per 100,000.
  • Cancer: Tennessee ranks No. 7 with 173.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Kentucky had the most cancer deaths with 185.7 per 100,000. Utah had the fewest with 120.3 per 100,000.
  • Suicide: Tennessee ranks No. 23 with 16.8 suicides per 100,000 people. Montana had the most suicides with 28.9 per 100,000. New York had the fewest with 8.1 per 100,000.
  • Drug Overdoses: Tennessee ranks No. 15 with 26.6 drug overdoses per 100,000 people. West Virginia had the most drug overdoses with 57.8 per 100,000 people.  Nebraska had the fewest with 8.1 per 100,000.
  • Liver Disease: Tennessee ranks No. 14 with 12.8 liver related deaths per 100,000.  New Mexico had the most liver related deaths with 26.8 per 100,000 people.  Maryland had the fewest with 6.6 per 100,000.


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