The health of the United States remains in decline, according to a series of new reports released Thursday by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Life expectancy in the U.S. has once again declined from the previous year, extending a years-long slide the likes of which we haven’t seen since the World War I era.
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In case you were, for some inexplicable reason, feeling optimistic for future generations, an extensive new report is here to bring you down a notch. It predicts that, despite all our medical advances, the average person born in the U.S. in 2040 will only barely live longer than an American born in 2016. Meanwhile, people growing up in countries such as Japan, China, and Spain will both see greater gains in life expectancy and live longer than their American counterparts.
The older we get, the greater our likelihood of dying. Or at least that's what we thought. New research suggests mortality rates level off after we turn 105, and that no upper limit exists for the human lifespan. It's an extraordinary conclusion - one that's not going over very well with other ageing researchers.
When it comes to exercise, every bit really does count. A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that the life-extending benefits of physical activity can show up whether you're dedicating a whole block of the day to the gym or just carving out small moments by taking the stairs or walking a block longer to work - so long as it adds up to the same amount of time spent on physical activity.
Here's the good news: According to a comprehensive new study, the average life expectancy will increase globally by 2030, with South Korean women born that year expected to live 90.8 years, the longest of the 35 countries analysed. Here's the bad news: Americans will die younger than their international peers and possibly even shorter than their parents.
The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122 -- and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests that this may very well be the maximum age attainable by humans, and that it's extremely unlikely anyone will ever live much beyond this advanced age. That is, unless we science the crap out of this problem.