It should be a given that the life expectancy in America would be on the rise, not the other way around.
But some just-out statistics are telling us for the second year in a row that those numbers are dropping, something which hasn’t happened in the U.S. for over half a century!
Last year — the first time in quite a while that we saw a longevity dip — many experts tried to put it off as merely a statistical blip. Now, we’re being told there’s another reason.
If you’ve been reading about this in the mainstream media, you may have come away with the impression that our escalating opioid crisis is to blame. And yes, it’s taken a lot of lives, no doubt about that.
But the truth of the matter is that Americans are being drugged up with all kinds of meds — not just opioids — like never before. And instead of helping Americans live longer and healthier lives, the boatloads of drugs we’re taking are actually cutting our lives short.
So, here’s how to make sure that you’ll be blowing out so many candles you’ll need a fire extinguisher by your birthday cake!
Drugged into oblivion
Considering how many of Big Pharma’s obscenely priced meds come out every year and the billions spent annually on researching “cures” for the top killers of today, you would think the U.S. would be at the top of the longevity list.
But that’s definitely not the case.
All of those drugs, in fact, come at a very big cost. And I’m not just talking about the hit to your wallet.
For all of our pill-popping, we’re getting a grisly list of side effects in return — and many of them coincidently coincide with the CDC’s top ten playlist for the leading causes of death.
For example, there’s no ignoring the fact that heart disease is top on the list of killers, but it’s also true that plenty of drugs are known to be able to damage your ticker to a point of no return. And this cardiac risk also includes drugs intended for heart patients, such as calcium channel blockers and beta blockers used to treat irregular heartbeat!
Actos, once the most prescribed med for Type 2 diabetes in the world, is known to worsen and even cause heart failure. Plus that, the diabetes med Avandia was so closely linked to upping the heart attack risk that European regulators have banned it entirely.
Even the FDA stepped in and restricted its sales. That, however, didn’t last too long, with the agency practically apologizing to drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and retracting its warnings.
Another major drug side effect also happens to be a killer that has been on the upward swing — and you know what that has coincided with? The rising tide of prescriptions for statins like Liptor and Crestor.
It’s no real secret that these cholesterol-lowering meds can turn perfectly healthy people into diabetics… and that diabetes can kill.
Statins have also been linked to another top-10 killer, kidney disease — a known side effect of plenty of other commonly prescribed drugs, too, including Tamiflu, acid-blocking PPIs, and numerous NSAID pain relievers such as aspirin, Advil, and Aleve.
It’s not like these are being taken on a short-term basis, either. Chances are good that most all of these drugs I’ve mentioned are ones that patients stay on for life.
And more seniors than ever before are on multiple meds. Why, after the age of 65, you practically qualify for a speed pass at the pharmacy!
So, while the longevity bean-counters anxiously await next year’s analysis, here’s what you can do to make sure you live long enough to see the results: Simply round up all the meds (OTC ones too) you’re taking, schedule a visit with your doctor, and find out which ones you can ditch.
And that can be one of the best ways possible to ensure your own continued longevity!
“U.S. life expectancy falls again” Michael Smith, December 21, 2017, Medpage Today, medpagetoday.com