Life Span Expected to Rise—But Not Much in the U.S.

New research shows that life expectancy will continue to risk in industrialized countries—perhaps to 90.8 years in South Korea by the year 2030. However, in the United States—which already has one of the lowest life expectancies in developed nations worldwide—life span is expected to rise at a much lower-than-average rate in the upcoming years.

For this research, conducted in corroboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in The Lancet, scientists developed a new method using 21 different models to analyze long-term mortality and longevity patterns. Thirty-five industrialized countries were involved in the study.

Using this new model, life span in the U.S. is expected to increase by 2.1 years—from 81.2 in 2010 to 83.3 in 2030—for women, and 3 years—76.5 to 79.5—for men. According to researchers, the lack of universal health care and inequalities in health care coverage in the U.S. are among the reasons the country is falling behind other developed nations when it comes to life expectancy. In addition, the U.S. has the highest homicide rate, the highest obesity/overweight rate, and the highest mother and child death rates of all high-income countries.

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