…The National Center for Health Statistics reported that 50,000 people who were expected to die did not die in 2004.
…This is the biggest drop in Croakings in 70 years.
…How can this be? they chorused. We are older, and more importantly, as they came out and said—fatter than houses!
…Well, jumped in the naysayers, this is based on only 90% of the numbers (even though it is consistent across the states).
…The death rates for heart diseases, cancer and stroke went down, accounting for most of the decline.
…Well, yay for the docs!
…The life expectancy of a woman is now 80.4 years. For a man, 75.2.
…But don’t get cocky.