In one of the latest studies it is found by 2030 the average life expectancy could rise in many countries and it could be beyond 90 years in some places.
The study was led by Imperial scientists in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Lead researcher and a professor at Imperial College London’s school of public health, Majid Ezzati, said the highest life expectancy could be found among the South Koreans and the lowest among people of the United States with men and women expecting to live 79.5 and 83.3 years respectively.
The middle-income countries like Mexico and Croatia too see life expectancy similar to the US. This is due to lack of universal healthcare as well as relatively high child and maternal mortality rates. High rates of obesity and homicides too are responsible for the situation.
Prof. Ezzati added, “The fact that we will continue to live longer means we need to think about strengthening the health and social care systems to support an ageing population with multiple health needs.”
In Europe the highest life expectancies are predicted for French women and Swiss men of about 88.6 years and 84 years respectively.
The researchers said a girl born in South Korea in 2030 could live for 90.8 years and for a boy it would be 84.1 years.
Ezzati continued, “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.”
Details of the study are published in The Lancet medical journal and it covered 35 countries including United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Britain.