White people are killing each other at a rate three times greater than black people, according to a new analysis of US deaths.
The study is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US government’s chief medical authority.
The new analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that black people were more likely to die from non-fatal heart attacks and strokes than whites.
The report was based on the CDC’s most recent count of deaths from cardiovascular disease, the second-highest cause of death in the country, after cancer.
This report comes after a similar analysis of deaths linked to suicide last year found that the rate of black deaths from suicide was four times greater for whites than for blacks.
White people, in particular, are dying in larger numbers, the study found.
The rate of death for whites rose by 40 per cent between 2005 and 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.
But the black rate rose by almost 50 per cent.
In 2015, black people died at a much higher rate than white Americans, but this increase was not statistically significant.
The researchers attribute the disparity to higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse and suicide among blacks, and a lack of access to healthcare.
The authors say that it is important to remember that white people are often better at dealing with these problems than black Americans.
The CDC says that the data does not take into account factors that can reduce the risk of death.
This includes people with pre-existing medical conditions, who are more likely than their black peers to die by suicide.
But Dr James Martin, from the University of Maryland, told the BBC the results were “quite sobering”.
“There are many things that are happening that are affecting black communities,” he said.
“These data are not just bad news but a very sobering reminder that black communities face a very real and growing threat to their lives.”
The findings come as the CDC has released data showing that the number of black men who commit suicide has more than doubled in the past decade.
The number of deaths associated with substance abuse has also increased dramatically in the same time period.
The findings also suggest that the problem is not being addressed, with some black communities still having high rates of violent crime and mental health issues.
“Black people have the lowest life expectancy of any racial group in the United States,” Dr Martin said.