American death rates are at their highest in more than a decade

Studies have shown that American death rates are at their highest levels in more than a decade, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The age-adjusted rate was approximately 729.5 deaths per 100,00 people versus 723.2 in 2014. Experts are used to seeing a decline in the number of deaths, but are surprised to see higher rates in American deaths reported in 2015.

According to the NCHS from 2015 records, death rates have improved throughout the years because of advances in modern medicine, better disease management, public safety and smoking.

However, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, septicemia and hypertension have caused a┬árise in deaths with people battling these diseases. Cancer deaths have stayed near the same rate, the center said.

Reportedly, deaths from firearms and homicides appear to be up, as well suicides, drug overdoses, falls and accidents. Both suicides and drug overdoses have made the headlines recently among white women, working-class men and people with lower levels of education.