A new study shows that the average life expectancy in many countries would increase by 2030. In South Korea, people are expected to live beyond the age of 90.

This study from Imperial College London and the World Health Organization involved 35 industrialized countries. The findings have been published in the journal The Lancet.

Countries included were Australia, Mexico, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Female South Koreans have the highest life expectancy and they may live up to the age of 90.8 years while the men are expected to live up to 84.1 years.

“We repeatedly hear that improvements in human longevity are about to come to an end. Many people used to believe that 90 years is the upper limit for life expectancy, but this research suggests we will break the 90-year-barrier,” said lead researcher Majid Ezzati of the School of Public Health at Imperial. “I don’t believe we’re anywhere near the upper limit of life expectancy -if there even is one.”

South Korea’s high life expectancy can be attributed to good nutrition during childhood, low levels of smoking low levels of blood pressure and good access to healthcare. The nation is also supportive of new medical knowledge and technologies. In a press release, it has been revealed that:

  • The five countries with the highest life expectancy at birth for men in 2030 were: South Korea (84.1), Australia (84.0), Switzerland (84.0), Canada (83.9), Netherlands (83.7)
  • The five countries with the highest life expectancy at birth for women in 2030 were: South Korea (90.8), France (88.6), Japan (88.4), Spain (88.1), Switzerland (87.7)
  • The five countries with the highest life expectancy for 65-year-old men in 2030 were: Canada (22.6 additional life years), New Zealand (22.5), Australia (22.2), South Korea (22.0), Ireland (21.7)
  • The five countries with the highest life expectancy for 65-year-old women in 2030 were: South Korea (27.5 additional life years), France (26.1), Japan (25.9), Spain (24.8), Switzerland (24.6)
  • The five countries in Europe with the highest life expectancy at birth for men in 2030 were: Switzerland (84.0), Netherlands (83.7), Spain (83.5), Ireland (83.2) and Norway (83.2)
  • The five countries in Europe with the highest life expectancy at birth for women in 2030 were: France (88.6), Spain (88.1), and Switzerland (87.7), Portugal (87.5) and Slovenia (87.4).
  • The UK’s average life expectancy at birth for women will increase from 82.3 years in 2010 to 85.3 years in 2030. This places them 21st in the table of 35 countries (compared to 22nd in 2010).
  • The average life expectancy of a UK man at birth will increase from 78.3 years in 2010 to 82.5 years in 2030. This places them 14th in the table of 35 countries (compared to 11th in 2010).

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