Source: Everyday Health
Why are more Americans dying younger? In a dramatic reversal of declining mortality rates over the past century, life expectancy in the United States has dropped as “deaths by despair”—caused by drugs, alcohol, and suicide—have risen.
The situation is so serious that Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a statement in November 2018 saying that “these sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable.”
In the new HBO documentary “One Nation Under Stress,” CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, sets out to diagnose the underlying causes of these preventable deaths.
The film weaves interviews with experts such as the neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky and forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, with personal stories of Americans at risk of becoming another sobering statistic.
“One Nation Under Stress” premieres March 25 on HBO.
Read the story at Everyday Health.
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