Considering the breakthrough that science is making lately, you’d expect life expectancy to be on the rise. However, a recent study published in the journal Lancet paints a different picture. While longevity may increase around the globe, it is may not be the case in the US.
The latest analysis sources its data over the course of time between 1990-2016. The authors looked at 250 death causes alongside 79 independent matters that significantly determine health.
The study notes that two main things. Firstly, most of the health-driving matters will improve by 2040. Consequently, on average, the global life expectancy is anticipated to spiral by 4.4 years for both men and women.
Secondly, the study reveals that 36 out of these 79 health drivers will get worse over time. These included air pollution, body mass index (BMI), and high cholesterol among other things.
As per the findings of this study, the factors that contributed to the risk of early death entail high BMI, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption, and smoking. The study also predicts that the top three death causes of 2016 are expected to remain the same in 2040.
These include heart disease, stroke, and lower respiratory infections. Diarrheal diseases, injuries, and COPD are expected to fall among the top 10 causes of death. Other leading causes of death such as neonatal encephalopathy, malaria, preterm births, and HIV/AIDS are expected to fall out of the top 10 causes of death.
In their stead, the study expects chronic kidney disease, lung cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease to come under the top ten death harbingers.
Summing up, it is best to start working on improving your health. The risk of most of these health concerns that are anticipated to take lives can be reduced by eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and taking care of yourself.