As birth rates in the US continue to decline, deaths from age-related diseases are on the rise this year, according to new quarterly estimates released by the CDC today.
Deaths from cancer and HIV, on the other hand, are estimated to continue their steady declines, underscoring the successes of innovative treatments in the US, and infant mortality remains stable.
The CDC’s numbers so far for 2017 confirm trends in US population growth decline that scientists and statisticians have observed in recent years.
The new stats come as baby boomers reach old age, and people are waiting longer to conceive and having fewer children than previous generations.
The CDC’s quarterly estimates report that the since this time last year, the birth rate has fallen from 61.3 to 59.2 in the US.
Birth rates peaked in 1990, and rose back again to around 70 per every thousand women in the US in 2007. But they have fallen steadily ever since. According to the CDC’s estimates, the birth rate for the second quarter of this year is only 59.2 per 1,000 women.
The declining birth rates are likely driven by a significant reduction in teen pregnancies. In 2016, the teen birth rate fell to a record low, falling nine percent from 2015.
While birth control is aiding in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, many experts have expressed concern that over the growing number of men and women that are infertile, or choosing to wait to try to get pregnant until later in life when the odds of conception are lower.
SOURCE: Daily Mail