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Mexico’s murder rate is so high it has altered the life expectancy of men

Newsweek featured a new study co-authored by Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, associate professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The murder rate in Mexico is now so high it has altered the overall life expectancy of men living there. By analyzing cause-of-death data from the Mexican Institute of Statistics, researchers have discovered the staggering impact homicide is having on the nation—with the murder rate between 2005 and 2015 rising by 53 percent compared to the decade before.

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that in the state of Chihuahua, 8,943 men aged between 15 and 50 were killed over 2010 and 2011—that’s three more than the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2006.

Life expectancy in Mexico has steadily increased since the 1940s. However, recent data inidcates it has started to stagnate.

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