People living longer but they're sicker
The good news is we are all living longer lives. The bad news is, we are sicker while we’re alive. In a large study published in The Lancet, researchers found that the world’s population is less likely to die before age 70 but much more likely to suffer from some kind of chronic illness or disability in those extra years.
Specifically, the study found that, on average, men can expect to live to 67.5 and women to 73.3. Comparatively, men in 1990 only lived until 62.8 and women to 68.1. Unfortunately, the rates of chronic illness such as type 2 diabetes, chronic pain and disability also increased, significantly decreasing the quality of life in middle aged and elderly populations.
Interestingly enough, Japan has the highest “healthy life expectancy” – the number of years a person is expected to live in good health – of any country for both men and women. The U.S. clocked in at 29th place for men and 33rd place for women in healthy life expectancy.