CDC: 200,000 people die needlessly every year
September 3rd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

CDC: 200,000 people die needlessly every year

Every year, nearly 800,000 people die from cardiovascular disease. That's 30% of all deaths under the age of 75, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And nearly a quarter of those deaths could be prevented, the study authors found.

That's 200,000 lives that could be saved every year, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.  Particularly striking is the fact that 56% of those deaths occurred among people under the age of 65.

"We're talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths that happen when they don't have to happen," said Frieden.

"The numbers themselves don't surprise me," said Dr. David May, "but the numbers embarrass me." May is chair of the board of governors for the American College of Cardiology and a practicing cardiologist.

African-Americans were twice as likely as any other group to die from preventable heart disease, according to the study.  Men were two times more likely than women to die from heart disease and stroke.

But, Friedan noted, "your longevity may be more likely to be influenced by your zip code, than your genetic code.“  According to the research, the District of Columbia had the highest rates of avoidable deaths - 99 deaths for every 100,000 people.  That's more than double the rate in Minnesota, the state with the lowest number of preventable deaths.

Researchers say the highest rates of death from hypertension and cardiovascular disease were found in the South.  And those differences were even more pronounced when looking at the county level; some counties had rates 10 times higher than their neighbors'.

But there was a silver lining in the CDC's review of mortality data.  Between 2001 and 2010, the avoidable death rate from heart disease, stroke and hypertension decreased by 29% overall, with the greatest improvements found in the 65 to 74 age group.

According to the CDC, the discrepancies between age groups may be attributed to the fact that older people have more access to health care because of Medicare.

As the Affordable Care Act comes into effect, Frieden anticipates that more people will be able to access preventative care. "We do expect if people get insured, get care, we will see significant reductions in the numbers."

Prevention can be as simple as following the "ABCS," says Frieden:  Aspirin, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation.

"It sounds so simple," says Dr. Ralph Sacco, former president of the American Heart Association.  But, he adds, "getting people to get their blood pressure under better control, cholesterol managed and (to) stop smoking" isn't easy.

Which is why Frieden also pointed to the need of community based initiatives, like the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program, a county level effort to reduce sodium in schools and restaurants.  In addition, he believes the use of electronic health records can contribute to better identifying and supporting patients who need help in quitting smoking and blood pressure management.

It's never too early to start, Sacco said. "Focusing earlier and younger on the right thing," he said. " Getting kids to focus on healthier diets and exercising."

"Bottom line," says Frieden, "this is the No. 1 cause of death, the No. 1 preventable death, and the No. 1 cause of inequalities. And we can make rapid changes to improve."

soundoff (554 Responses)
  1. leet793

    Does that mean everyone else who died needed to die?

    September 3, 2013 at 22:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pbernasc

      well ... ask God ... just don'y expect an anwer

      September 4, 2013 at 02:24 | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Apparently, the other deaths were unavoidable – things like car accidents, murder, food poisoning, alcohol abuse... all the things beyond human control.

      September 4, 2013 at 02:44 | Report abuse |
    • LeRoy_Was_Here

      Statistics show that more people die in hospitals than anywhere else!!

      Just avoid hospitals, like the plague, and you should be OK!

      September 4, 2013 at 09:21 | Report abuse |
    • steve f

      Something has to kill you.

      September 4, 2013 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • theala

      No, it just means prevention wouldn't have made a difference. Many people get cardiovascular disease because of factors that can't be controlled for: age, gender, family history. You can't change those.

      You can change your diet, exercise, not smoke, not drink, control your stress.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:10 | Report abuse |
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      September 13, 2013 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • warthog6

      Does this 200,000 number include the thousands of preventable deaths of veterans by the sneaky slobs who are bungling the VA Hospitals?

      May 8, 2014 at 01:33 | Report abuse |
  2. iconoclast1

    It isn't the single biggest cause of preventable death. Smoking is. Smoking kills more than 400,000 Americans each year. That's equivalent to more deaths than if we had a 9/11 attack every three days.

    September 3, 2013 at 23:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Iconnot Read

      iconoclast1, that is incorrect. The first sentence of the article reads, "Every year, nearly 800,000 people die from cardiovascular disease." 800,000 is larger than 400,000. Don't you hate it when the pesky first sentence of an article undermines your post?

      September 4, 2013 at 00:20 | Report abuse |
    • Icannot Comprehend

      Although a portion of heart attacks can be avoided the rest of them, however, cannot.

      September 4, 2013 at 01:41 | Report abuse |
    • Iconnot read connot read

      And if you read the third sentence, you would see that only 1/4 of those are preventable deaths... 400,00 is greater than 200,000, right?

      September 4, 2013 at 01:43 | Report abuse |
    • FinTastic

      @Iconnot Read: Good to see you're living up to your screen name there, chief. I'll type slowly so you can follow along. The article says one quarter of 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease ARE PREVENTABLE. Not 800,000 but one quarter of that. That is 200,000. However, 400,000 people die from smoking and that is preventable because people can quit smoking, So to recap, 400,000 is greater than 200,000. You can read, but your new screen name should be Iconnot Comprehend.

      September 4, 2013 at 02:13 | Report abuse |
    • kateslate

      The article goes on to say, however, that one quarter of those 800 thousand are 'preventable' deaths, making ico's statement correct.

      September 4, 2013 at 03:47 | Report abuse |
    • Canopy

      There's such aversion to your correct comment...makes me think these people smoke.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      There is also overlap between those categorized as from cardiovascular disease and those that are smoking related.

      According to the CDC data estimating the impact of tobacco on mortality rates, about a third of the tobacco related deaths are cardiovascular disease deaths. Approximately 130,000 of the roughly 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease would therefore also be preventable smoking related deaths.... which would make the majority of those 200,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease being labeled as preventable in this article being the smoking related cardiovascular disease deaths.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
  3. montyross

    What about the 100k that die from hospital acquired infections each year plus the 100k from medication errors? even more preventable, and by those "trained"

    September 3, 2013 at 23:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob Newmark

      I know this sounds confusing, but the vast vast majority of those people were already very old and immunocompromised. So they were likely to die soon anyway.

      The people who die from preventable heart failure are otherwise, relatively young and healthy.

      September 4, 2013 at 00:01 | Report abuse |
    • Magpie

      I lost both my parents when I was in my early twenties, both within a year of each other.
      Mom died from a staph infection when recovering in the hospital from surgery.
      Dad died from a side effect from medication he was put on.
      Now ten years later I have a panic attack every time I have to go to a doctor for anything.

      September 4, 2013 at 00:48 | Report abuse |
    • Ellan

      Just to clarify...100,000 medical errors, not medication errors. Medical errors include medication errors but also include other errors (i.e. wrong diagnosis, failure to monitor or treat appropriately). Still bad news though.

      September 4, 2013 at 01:37 | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Magpie, I am sorry for your losses.

      September 4, 2013 at 02:48 | Report abuse |
  4. Lucila Armendariz

    Just as there are good Doctors . . There are the ones that arent good ! The ones that string u along without giving u the meds u need ! So do ur homework about YOUR HEALTH ! !

    September 4, 2013 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. erraticsamurai

    You want to prevent cardiovascular disease as well as many others? It's called diet and exercise. Those two things play a major role in our health yet they are underplayed here. We medicate everyone in America like there is some miracle pill for what ails you. Pain pills to mask the underlying pain, acid reflux pills, so you can continue to eat what causes it to begin with, etc....The stats don't surprise me when over 50% of our population is considered overweight. And people wonder why our health care costs so much...

    September 4, 2013 at 00:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fitness Fanatic

      I've been an avid exerciser for 25 years (currently a 56 year old male), not overweight, never smoked, never had a high blood pressure reading – not one! Blood work looks great – everything within normal range. Resting pulse is 60 bpm. (The ambulance gentleman asked me if I was a runner – yes, I was, until I got plantar fasciitis 4 years ago, now I swim) I had a heart attack 4 months ago. So, now I'm in a medically necessary (ie, reimbursed by Blue Cross) "Cardiac Rehab" program to get me to change my lifestyle to include exercise. How ridiculous! I enjoy it, so I'm not putting up a fight. But it is changing nothing. And if exercise didn't work for me in the past, why would anyone expect it to work in the future. It's not about my care, it's all about what's billable. (My Dad died of a heart attack at age 66. I'm 56, so I guess I have 10 more years, although my Dad never got a stent. I don't think they had stents.)

      September 4, 2013 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
  6. FactCheck

    I recently visited the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota is supposedly one of the healthier states. The amount of blubber waddling around the fairgrounds was simply incredible. It is truly a national embarrassment and disgrace. Now that the AMA has declared obesity a "disease" [funny how this disease principally visits Kuwaitis, Mexicans and Americans] the lard buckets stuffing themselves with fried cheese curds and fried snicker bars are absolved of responsibility, since they are hapless victims of butterballitis. This is no longer the country that stormed Normandy beach. We couldn't do it; there is a notable incline. Perhaps we can arrange to sit on our next enemy, or fight them going downhill.

    September 4, 2013 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Minnesota Nice

      I was also at the Minnesota state fair. While I did see a lot of overweight people, I also saw a lot of healthier looking people. Also one of the main events of the MN State Fair is the deep fried and pure unhealthy food so it does attract a lot of the people that are overweight and also because of the fair's size, it attracts people from outside of MN.

      September 4, 2013 at 01:54 | Report abuse |
    • PaulMN

      I agree. Diet and exercise would go a LONG WAY in preventing A LOT of heart disease. It's a shame that the article promotes the Affordable Care Act as the solution, when common sense diet and exercise is what's needed. If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is "free"... just like Social Security and Medicare, the Affordable Care Act will eventually become a Federal program that costs WAY more than what tax revenues can support.

      September 4, 2013 at 02:05 | Report abuse |
    • CTYank

      So, Paul, what preacher of gloom & doom is writing your script? Clearly one of those whose conclusion selectively seeks "facts" for support.

      September 4, 2013 at 03:47 | Report abuse |
    • kateslate

      OMG, that's funny writing! Sad stats, but funny writing!

      September 4, 2013 at 03:50 | Report abuse |
    • kateslate

      PaulMN (above) no doubt the affordable care act will include lots of incentive for healthier living and preventive medicine, something sorely lacking in today's medicine where doctors get paid more if they do more surgery and keep you sick. When the system rewards good outcomes, there will be better outcomes.

      September 4, 2013 at 03:53 | Report abuse |
    • achicago105

      Ever since Michele Obama dared suggest people stop eating terrible foods, the right has painted obesity reduction as another left wing nanny-state agenda. So people in red states now have another rationalization to not lose weight, and its a powerful one: Obama wants them to. it has become a point of pride among conservatives that hate Obama. i saw it with my own eyes on a trip to Miss.

      September 4, 2013 at 10:32 | Report abuse |
  7. Brandon

    I wouldn't say needless. The population is out of control.

    September 4, 2013 at 00:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edwin

      When it is people you care about, I doubt you will be so blasé... but if it makes you feel better, let's use the term 'preventable'.

      September 4, 2013 at 02:50 | Report abuse |
  8. Outlaw tobacco and save over 400,000 lives per year

    Outlaw alcohol and save even more.

    Ah, but think of all the rich people that would lose their incomes that they don't need since they're already filthy rich...

    September 4, 2013 at 01:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • weezer

      Uh...we tried that...you know...that Prohibition thing? Didn't work so well. They've also found that moderate alcohol use is beneficial to health. Guess you don't read much.

      But at least Prohibition established a healthy mafia in the USA...it had that.

      September 4, 2013 at 08:31 | Report abuse |
    • JFCanton

      Prohibition did accomplish one of the intent of the temperance unions: of cutting way back on the ranks of the permanently drunk. But yeah, we do have to balance misuse against the benefit-for this very topic (heart disease).

      September 4, 2013 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
  9. rumorasit

    Don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but, how many die from lack of access to medical care?

    September 4, 2013 at 02:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kateslate

      Last estimate I saw put it at appx 40 thousand per year.

      September 4, 2013 at 03:55 | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    I don't think that the type of people who don't go to the doctor because of lack of insurance are going to be the type of people to follow a doctor's advice. Meaning, I don't think Obamacare is going to do much with this "preventable deaths" number.

    September 4, 2013 at 02:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edwin

      Lots of people want insurance but cannot afford it. They would be fairly likely to follow a doctor's advice. The big category that don't want insurance are the twenty/thirty-something single males. They certainly can benefit from insurance, but they are not at risk for this sort of problem... yet. At least most are not.

      September 4, 2013 at 02:53 | Report abuse |
  11. morgan

    What's all the fuss?
    No one is getting out of here alive.
    People die early because they eat greasy, fatty foods, don't exercise and smoke like an old steam engine. We can't have them cleaning up and living longer, social security is in a bind now. If too many of them live to be 70 my share of the money might run out before I kick the bucket.

    September 4, 2013 at 04:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dwayne

      And besides, the reason men die first is because they want to.

      September 4, 2013 at 09:04 | Report abuse |
  12. paul

    The government needs to get out of the business of protecting people from themselves. If someone chooses to go on a cheeseburger diet and they die of coronary artery disease, that is none of the business of the government.

    September 4, 2013 at 08:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. trolololol

    500,000 world wide die from flu every year, why don't you do something about that CDC huh?

    September 4, 2013 at 08:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SciGuy

      Yeah, if only the CDC and associated insti.tutions would work/fund work on improved flu vaccines, revised recommendations for who should get those vaccines, and education campaigns to dispel unfounded fears about vaccines, right?

      Oh wait, they do that.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
  14. stankeye

    and there I thought they were going with abortion!

    September 4, 2013 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. lancelinton

    300,000 died just last year because of a woman's right to chose to murder her unborn baby.

    September 4, 2013 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      If your mother knew you would eventually speak up without being able to spell choose, I am sure she would have opted to end your cell formation before in was a human. The prison system is full of murderers, so why aren't those 300,000 women? Oh, I guess your non- democratic democracy voted that way. Stick to the story you moron, and quit showing your stupidity to the world.

      September 4, 2013 at 09:10 | Report abuse |
    • Ed - Spring, TX

      Wrong forum for this post. You need the religious nut forum.

      September 4, 2013 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Well Ed, I guess everyone is entiled to their view as long as it agrees with yours! Typical liberal.

      September 6, 2013 at 02:11 | Report abuse |
  16. Dwayne

    Let's see. Guns cause only 38,000 deaths per year, medical malpractice causes 98,000 deaths per year, but eating wrong, and living in the wrong place causes 800,000 deaths per year all according to the CDC. I think instead of taking away my 2nd Amendment rights, that we should let Mayor Bloomberg pass a soda tax and use the money to move everybody to NYC so that he can protect the people from themselves.

    September 4, 2013 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. MIke

    "According to the CDC, the discrepancies between age groups may be attributed to the fact that older people have more access to health care because of Medicare."

    All you people who think Obama's akin to Karl Marx, and that the fact that we pay TWICE as much as they do in Europe, for lower quality health care, is just fine, and who don't know that people without medical insurance are THREE times as likely to die from an issue as someone who does have it: THIS is why medical care should be nationalized, the same way the military, public works, and education are. MOST people used to think that, back in Roosevelt's and Truman's administrations, before business interests did their best to propagandize us and make it sound like the communists were taking over any day. And, that worked. Too much money was being made, so it's necessary to let people die before they need to, so that those people can continue to make that money.

    September 4, 2013 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Steve

    Well over 3000 babies needlessly die every DAY here in the USA. More babies in a single day than the death rate of the 9/11 attack. More in a single YEAR than all of the wars America has ever been in since it was founded. And 99.9% of it is all for selfish convenience. What does God think of that one? Sick animals. The rich rarely have it done because they can afford not to. They can afford a baby. Isn't that convenient?

    September 4, 2013 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lib

      seriously, rich have abortions more since they can afford it. remember? poor can't get abortions. they collect welfare. remember?

      September 4, 2013 at 10:02 | Report abuse |
    • Ed - Spring, TX

      Go get a life and quite heaping guilt on women stuck with a pregnancy they can't cope with.

      September 4, 2013 at 10:38 | Report abuse |
  19. Jay

    The fact is that we are all going to die of something, some time. There is no such thing as avoidable or preventable death. Delayed, maybe, but not prevented. The planet is too crowded anyway, so if people want to kill themselves with McDonalds, let 'em do it.

    September 4, 2013 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. jonp

    How else are we going to cull this bloated human population?

    September 4, 2013 at 09:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. iron mike

    No deaths are needless it is natures way.

    September 4, 2013 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. JoePub

    Well, I guess all that talk about how unhealthy people are pushing the limits of healthcare are unfounded after all.

    September 4, 2013 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. t2ovdka

    It's the lifestyle. I could care less about the numbers, as far as I am concerned, nature is just weeding out the lazy.

    September 4, 2013 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. mtkaod

    ‘The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a heart attack at 43, you can! You are free to do so. To me, that’s beautiful.’-Ron Swanson

    September 4, 2013 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. borealbob

    Would someone please make up their mind??? A huge meta-analysis several months ago said there is NO correlation between reduced sodium diets and mitigation of heart disease. How about just LOSE WEIGHT and solve the problem? Huh?

    September 4, 2013 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. DrSteve

    Although these statistics are shocking, most americans have no idea that there is a radiology imaging study that has been availalbe for over 10 years, that can idenitfy cardiac/coronary artery disease in its earliest stages. Cardiac CT angiography or CCTA, uses the newest CT scanners to image the coronary artery anatomy and has the capability of viewing inside the artery and evaluate atherosclerotic plaue as it is developing; long before a stress test would be positive or when the disease iis causing a narrowing ( stenosis) that causes chest pain. This is also at most venerable time when a plaque can rupture and cause a terminal heart attack!!! Some insurance companies cover this study but for the vast majority of americans, this is an out of pocket expence that can save your life or at least identify disease when it is most treatable. Like mammography, CCTA should be a standard screening study that in the end, would save this country 100's of millions of dollars in cardiac care costs once a patient has iirreversable disease. We should demand from our insurance/health coverage companies that this test be a part of our routine physicals and possibly save so many of those who would otherwise die.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • onemoreblonde

      You are right on the money DrSteve. My husband, 57 had a major heart attack over the weekend. He has never smoked, rarely drinks, eats a healthy diet, exercises, has normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol, and has never had any known heart issues. He was in the hospital for a few days for diverticulitis last month, and no one noticed the heart attack freight train headed our way. I am very thankful we live about a mile from the hospital and he was in the ER within 10 minutes of the onset of pain and that I gave him an aspirin before walking out of our door . Had this test been done as part of a regular testing schedule, we possibly could have found out the extensive damage lurking in his arteries. He is doing much better, but will have to go back in a few weeks once his heart is stronger and fix another artery which is 85% blocked. We were very lucky. I wish this test was offered to everyone to possibly avoid what we just went through.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:02 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff - Pennington, NJ

      I understand your rationale for suggesting increased screening using CCTA to determine a patient's degree and extent of cardiovascular disease present and how this can lead to early detection and treatment. However, I don't concur with your statement that cardiovascular disease can become an irreversible disease in most patients. Read Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book called "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure first and then you may think twice before posting this statement. As someone who has beaten his cardiovascular disease by following a plant-based diet and walking 10,000 plus steps per day, I tend to believe our conventional way of currently treating this disease may be flawed. This is not to say that early detection testing doesn't have its place – just the way we treat heart patients with stents, bypass surgeries and pills doesn't lead to an effective cure. A more simple solution is found in what we eat on a daily basis. Just give up the meat and dairy products and learn to thrive on plants and fruit. It's just so simple!

      September 4, 2013 at 11:54 | Report abuse |
    • DrSteve

      Onemoreblond, I am so hopeful that your husband does well and fully recovers. I am not sure CCTA would have been the answer but it certainly would have given you both a "heads up" that there was some potential for a cardiac event. I have been providing this imaging technique for over 10 yrs and have been told numerous times how the info, provided by these studies, has changes peoples lives and for that, I am happy and I feel privaleged to have the knowledge and expertise to educate patients withthis increadible technique.

      Jeff, I get your point! But, there is something called genetics that one can't run from! Believe it of not, sometimes it doesn't matter what you eat. I have seen people with cholesterol levels below 100, are vegitatians, don't drink or smoke and have advanced coronary artery disease and dangerous stenoses. And, other patients with cholesterol levels over 250 and no disease what so ever!! Its genetics...if you have a first degree relative with a stong history of heart disease, unfortunately, there may not be much you can do to avoid it. Agreed, avoiding meat, fats and all those yummy things that unfortunately, are not good for you is probably the best advise.....but do you think the American public has the determination that you have??? I don't thing so. One thing I can tell you is that when I show someone his/her heart in 3D and run them through their own coronary arteries where there may be early disease, this has an increadible impact! I never said coronary artery disease was reverslable but with knowledge, comes better decisions!!! Education was the whole point of my post.

      September 4, 2013 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff - Pennington, NJ

      Hi Dr. Steve,
      I think you would be surprised how willing most patients would be to accept the terms of going on a plant-based diet versus undergoing cardiac bypass surgery. Just look at Bill Clinton's case as an example. He survived bypass surgery, then had a stent put in and that clogged with plaque with a couple of years. After doing his research and studying the work of Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, he went on a plant-based diet and hasn't had another cardiac event while living a full and productive retirement. When you eliminate fatty foods that are high in cholesterol from your diet and eat whole grains and beans/legumes with lots of garden vegetables & fruit, the fiber content in your diet climbs and your veins and arteries will be repaired over time. Eliminate the need for oil in your diet and get it from natural sources full in fiber – like walnuts, pistachio nuts, flax seed, etc.. Please read Dr. Esselstyn's book and see how effective his results were on the patients in his study at the Cleveland Clinic. Look at the work of Dr. Colin Campbell and then try and explain to me why Asian women who move to the USA have a higher level of breast cancer and heart disease than their counterparts back home. American fast food and lack of exercise is what's killing us and doctors need to put this option on the table for their patients. By not doing so, it creates an environment where the sick just get sicker and no amount of pills or surgeries will really solve their chronic illnesses. I'm living proof that it works and my father died of a heart attack when he was 60, my grandfather at 44, my first wife at 43 and many other relatives. That's why I chose to go down this path and it really is life changing. My metabolism changed and my stamina level has returned. Aren't doctors supposed to give nutritional advice to their patients which will help them overcome their "genetic" background? I most certainly hope so!

      September 4, 2013 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
  27. annieL

    It's all so simple. Stop smoking (or never start) and you will LIVE FOREVER. Before there were cigarettes, people didn't die. Did you know that? There are non-smokers walking around now who were born 1000 years ago. Just kidding (or maybe it's true.) But how about this: The longer more people live, say into their 90s, the LESS medical care all but the wealthy will get because we as a country will not be able to provide it for more and more long-lived people. Medicare will be postponed to age 70 very soon as it is. So you'll either have to work until 70 or be rich to retire sooner. Who will want to live long just to work another 5 years at a job they hate? Most workers can't wait to get out of their work prisons. So, yeah. Make all those "healthy lifestyle" changes, outlive your savings, then end up in a one-room senior highrise with a microwave meal and a TV. Wow! That's the good life, allright.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Ed - Spring, TX

    Death is never prevented, just postponed.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:33 | Report abuse | Reply

    Every death is needless because Adam ate the damn apple from the tree!!

    September 4, 2013 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken

      Eve took the first bite

      September 6, 2013 at 02:07 | Report abuse |
  30. Drew

    A war on cardiovascular disease I would support. A war on Syria I would not.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Dr. Hubbard

    A misleading and political article. In fact, all of those people would have died at some point. Prolongation of life is a matter of public conscience, not economics. People who perish of CV disease at a relatively early age will in fact cost less to the system, as they never will develop Altzheimer's or other chronic diseases requiring decades of care. It is time that we looked at such issues realistically. We want people to have healthy long lives of good quality. That is the bottom lineand what the medical profession should strive for.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JFCanton

      Of course that can't be discussed though, else someone will say "death panels" and all useful discussion will stop.

      September 4, 2013 at 12:05 | Report abuse |
  32. Curmodgeon

    There needs be a process whereby the population is kept in check. Disease is but one part of the overall picture. We have war, acts of the sky fairy, famines, stupid behavior, murder, accident and self-extinction. Why worry, you can not live forever.

    September 4, 2013 at 11:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jeff - Pennington, NJ

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    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

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    September 4, 2013 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. mnboy

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