According to recent study carried out by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Americans will live only 1.1 more in 2040 when compared to 2016 average while Spanish people will live for several more years and will overtake Japan’s record of longevity by 2040.The study elaborated that Spanish people will live for 85.8 years on average while Japanese will live for 85.7, Singaporeans for 85.4 years while Swiss people will live for 85.2 years. Ranking of United States is likely to take the biggest drop when compared to other high-income countries and will fall to 64th position in 2040 from 43rd ran it held in 2016 and will have average life expectancy of 79.8 years.
The life expectancy of China will improve and it will take 39th position in the table while Americans will live well below global average that is expected to rise by 4.4 years during this period. Lead author of the study Kyle Foreman stated that there will be progress and stagnation in different societies depending on how health systems address health drivers. He elaborated that world’s health cannot be preordained as there are wide range of related trajectories.
Last month a study had revealed that adhering to Mediterranean diet can prolong longevity. Spain is among few European nations that offers healthcare system to its citizens from taxpayer money and is ranked as the seventh best in the world by WHO. Portugal with a similar health plan has improved its ranking and moved up to 5th position and is forecasted to add 3.6 years to annual life expectancy. Italy has also moved up by one rank to sixth position from seventh rank. The study which was published in scientific journal Lancet has analyzed data from 2016 Global Burden of Diseases project to generate health predictions between 2017 and 2040. Researchers took into account deaths from diseases like diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cancers along with health risk factors like diet, smoking and alcohol.