New Yorkers Now Have Longer Life Expectancy Than Ever, Mayor Announces

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Back in September we noted that Mayor Bloomberg announced that the amount of New Yorker smokers was down to 14 percent. But then, we wondered what might be the next killer of our population. Could it be "getting old and dying?" Well, rest easy, because Mayor Bloomberg announced today that New Yorkers are doing well in the living long department. Not only are they are staying alive for longer than ever before, they are also beating the rest of the country in doing so.

"If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, then come to New York City," Bloomberg said. Sounds like he's got his newest ad campaign all written for him.

Here are some of the encouraging statistics:


  • Babies born in the city in 2009 are living nearly three years longer than babies born in 2000. They have a life expectancy of 80.6 years. The national rate was most recently reported at 78.2 years.

  • Between 2000 and 2009 life expectancy for 40-year-old New Yorkers went up 2.5 years. In the nation overall, people at that age were only living 1.2 years longer.

  • Finally, in that time frame, life expectancy for 70-year-olds in New York went up 1.5 years, .8 years above the nation's increase.

Deaths from HIV infection, heart disease and cancer are all down from 2002. The rate of HIV deaths has decreased by 11.3 since 2009. The announcement attributes the improvements in part to the city actions, including its anti-smoking measures.

While we're on the subject of smoking, the Health Department also announced today that it is starting a new television campaign warning against what it calls "light" smoking. The ads target the "I only smoke when I..." mentality.

So, New Yorkers, what do you plan on doing with your longer life expectancies? We don't know exactly what our plans are yet, but we know we sure aren't leaving the city.

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AudreySilk
AudreySilk

Life expectancy is statistics.  Bloomberg and Co. are crowing about THEIR figuring (as in, they can figure it however they like) for babies born LAST YEAR.  He might as well set up a tent as a carnival act in a roaming circus to tell us what will be 80 years from now.  The only figure from this report that might be even close is the one for those 70 and over which is a paltry 6 months, give or take, since it is an AVERAGE.  Some will and some won't make the extra 6 months.  Let me get down on me knees and thank Bloomberg and his fellow tyrants for treating me no better than their prisoner -- denied free will - so that I may EXIST (it's not "living") a few more months in their prison system.  Only once in the city's press release is the word "happy" used in any of the health zealot's quotes and that is by Bloomberg who says this report makes for a "happy new year." He and the rest then only describe it as living "longer and healthier" and with "improved quality." A person can live longer and healthier locked in a cell and fed only water and soy too. That is NOT quality. 

Regardless, the fawning all over themselves that their anti-smoker persecution accounts for much of it needs to answer to this:  Japan has a higher life expectancy and a much higher rate of smoking. A baby girl born in Japan today can expect to live to 86 and a boy to nearly 80.  Today's smoking rate among Japanese men is 36.6% and 12.1% for women. Overall it's 24%.

Anecdotally my own mothers' last 4 years of life (to 82) was a daily misery with zero quality.  She neither drank nor smoked (quit her 3 cig a day habit 25 years prior), was proper weight, and heeded every piece of Dr. Oz's advice to the point of neurotic. Vitamins, green tea, dark chocolate, you name it.  Anecdotes' from either side are actually cheap shots.  But they are equal in one undeniable way...  NOTHING IS GUARANTEED.  The only guarantee Bloomberg gives us is that we will EXIST under his terms and his terms only.  Yeah, it's a life -- a life SENTENCE.Founder, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.)

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Harleyrider Davidson
Harleyrider Davidson

If you think anything bloomberg did improved years lived,your sadly mistaken! You lived longer because youve got better genes!

Harleyrider Davidson
Harleyrider Davidson

Study: live to 100 by defying all health adviceEinstein College recently studied folks who lived past age 95. The reluctantly reported result: "People who live to 95 or older are no more virtuous than the rest of us in terms of their diet, exercise routine or smoking and drinking habits."Einstein College press release:

Did you notice in link above that they just state that the very old smoked about as much as did people who died younger, with no detail given, although detail is given regarding eating, boozing, exercise, and so on? Well, when it came to publishing the abstract with the National Institutes of Health, they ignore smoking results entirely! They do say that smoking was studied, but make no mention whatsoever that smoking was not shown to impair longevity: again, as with the press release, precise detail is given regarding other studied factors, but when it came to smoking -- the holy taboo of all holy taboos -- they simply couldn't bear even to mention their own finding!Here it is: the official NIH abstract:

You'd probably have to pay about $50 to buy the full study from the Wiley service where it's posted. But you don't have to. A reporter for an independent publication who read the study tells us that about 74% of 70-year old men smoked and that smokers still made up the majority of over-95 men at 60%, while 26% of 70-year-old women smoked and a greater proportion of about 30% of over-95 women smoked, and that, all-in-all, the oldest folks did not particularly follow any of the Healthist advice to exercise, eat "healthy", or avoid booze and tobacco.The news article:

expectations:

Did you note the researcher's conclusion: "Although this study demonstrates that centenarians can be obese, smoke and avoid exercise ... We should watch our weight, avoid smoking and be sure to exercise, since these activities have been shown to have great health benefits for the general population, including a longer lifespan."

Harleyrider Davidson
Harleyrider Davidson

Study: live to 100 by defying all health adviceEinstein College recently studied folks who lived past age 95. The reluctantly reported result: "People who live to 95 or older are no more virtuous than the rest of us in terms of their diet, exercise routine or smoking and drinking habits."Einstein College press release:http://www.einstein.yu.edu/hom... ... 78&pt=newsDid you notice in link above that they just state that the very old smoked about as much as did people who died younger, with no detail given, although detail is given regarding eating, boozing, exercise, and so on? Well, when it came to publishing the abstract with the National Institutes of Health, they ignore smoking results entirely! They do say that smoking was studied, but make no mention whatsoever that smoking was not shown to impair longevity: again, as with the press release, precise detail is given regarding other studied factors, but when it came to smoking -- the holy taboo of all holy taboos -- they simply couldn't bear even to mention their own finding!Here it is: the official NIH abstract:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...You'd probably have to pay about $50 to buy the full study from the Wiley service where it's posted. But you don't have to. A reporter for an independent publication who read the study tells us that about 74% of 70-year old men smoked and that smokers still made up the majority of over-95 men at 60%, while 26% of 70-year-old women smoked and a greater proportion of about 30% of over-95 women smoked, and that, all-in-all, the oldest folks did not particularly follow any of the Healthist advice to exercise, eat "healthy", or avoid booze and tobacco.The news article:http://lee-robinson-petzer.tum... ... pectationsDid you note the researcher's conclusion: "Although this study demonstrates that centenarians can be obese, smoke and avoid exercise ... We should watch our weight, avoid smoking and be sure to exercise, since these activities have been shown to have great health benefits for the general population, including a longer lifespan."

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