A new report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that the United States in 2040 will plummet…
A new report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that the United States in 2040 will plummet to 64th place in the world for longevity. The USA ranked 43 in 2016, making the change the biggest decline among high-income nations.
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According to the study, published recently in The Lancet magazine, the average life expectancy of Americans will increase, but only by 1.1 years, from 78.7 years (2016) to 79.8 years in 2040.
With an average life in 82.9 years in 2016, Japan is ranked first in the world and is expected to fall to second place before 2040, with Spain taking high remarks.
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Researchers examined a variety of factors affecting life expectancy, using data from the Global Study of Disease study. Of the 250 causes of death included in the study of 1
95 countries and territories, the six major factors were high blood pressure, high body mass index, high blood sugar, tobacco use, alcohol use and air pollution.
They estimate that problems like diabetes, chronic kidney disease, obesity and lung cancer will lead to a significant increase in deaths before 2040.
“The future of world health is not ordained and there is a wide range of credible paths” Headwriter Kyle Foreman said in a statement. “But if we see significant progress or stagnation depends on how good or bad health systems address important health-related.”
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The researchers concluded “the intersection of deliberate political action, technical innovation and careful attention to increasing environmental, social and geopolitical risks are likely to shape the spread of potential health projectors in the future.”
Last month, Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Measures also noted that overall life expectancy in the country was down, largely due to increased deaths from drug doses, chronic liver disease, suicide, Alzheimer’s and blood infections.
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Read the full study at thelancet.com.