According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, life expectancy in the US has worsened for a second straight year and is now at its lowest point in 25 years.
The data shows that Americans are expected to live 76.4 years, down from a peak of 78.8 years in 2019. This makes the US rank lowest among countries with large economies.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death, followed by cancer and Covid-19. Drug overdose deaths have also risen by 16% from 2020 and now account for more than one-third of all accidental deaths in America.
Life expectancy in neighboring countries such as Canada and the UK continues to be higher than that of the US despite similar or even lower healthcare spending per capita when compared to America's $12,318 (£10,217).