A new study has revealed that the average life expectancy will have risen worldwide by 2030. The increase will be reflected both at birth and at 65 years old.
These two points, birth and 65 years old, are usually used as a measure for the life expectancy factoring in maternal/child health and adult health.
The researchers estimate that most regions will have high life expectancy for women at birth, over 85%, but South Korea will be on the lead at 90.8 years.
The World Health Organization placed the 2015 average life expectancy at 71.4 years globally.
Considering that most males lead unhealthier lifestyles like increased smoking and alcohol consumption, their life expectancy will always be lower than that of the women.
The South Korea men are thus estimated to have an average survival rate of 84.1 years by 2030, reports a Lancet study.
However, the differences between the males and females are becoming less diverse considering the lifestyles are becoming more similar.
Majid Ezzati, professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London, commented on the study saying that one positive thing is that at least there is a group that will exceed the 90-year mark. Ezzati was involved in the study and stated that most experts have always believed that the 90-year barrier would never be exceeded.
“This shows that even if there is a limit to longevity, we are nowhere near it. We should be planning for more life,” he said.
The study involved the analysis of mortality rate data from 35 nations – both emerging economies and high-income countries.
The US is performing poor
The French women are estimated to have a life expectancy of 88.6 while their Swiss counterparts will record 84 years of survival.
The estimates point to the likelihood of the US having the lowest life expectancy rate among the high-income countries, with the average predicted to be 79.5 years for men and 83.3 years for the women. This is the same as Croatia and Mexico.
The young people are estimated to have a high death rate due to factors such as homicides and road accidents. Lack of universal health care in countries such as the US is also blamed for this, the study says.
South Korea is scoring favorably well for both the men, women and the young because of its heavy investment in childhood nutrition, education and technology as well as low blood pressure, low levels of smoking and good access to health care.