WASHINGTON — Americans born in 1984 had an average life expectancy at birth of 74.7 years, a gain of nearly three years in a decade, and women were expected to live seven years longer than men, the government reported Monday.
The outlook was best for white females and worst for black males.
People who were 65 in 1984 had an additional life expectancy of 16.8 years on the average, an improvement of more than a year over the previous 10 years, says an annual report on the nation's health statistics.
Health and Human Services Secretary Otis R. Bowen partly attributed the improved outlook to an almost 30% reduction in heart disease deaths between 1970 and 1984 and a 50% drop in stroke mortality.
"Remarkable progress is being made against these leading causes of death, and much of the credit belongs to individual Americans as they take steps toward preventing disease and prolonging healthy, active lives," Bowen said.