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Life expectancy in the U.S. is falling amid chronic illness epidemic

Life expectancy is a good measure of the health and success of a country, and in the United States, life expectancy is falling. After decades of progress improving life spans, we’ve seen a reversal. Many people are dying early of chronic illnesses like diabetes, obesity, hypertension and fatty liver disease.

We talk about the Washington Post’s series “Dying Early: America’s Life Expectancy Crisis” with Akilah Johnson, one of the reporters who contributed to it.

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