Lifestyle Imbalance Affects the Life Expectancy – Study

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We are what we eat and breathe. This is so very true about human civilization. In the modern times, lifestyle of people across the world has gone for a complete toss. Meaning, no great chances of extended survival. We often look around and see people falling sick in their late 30’s and early 40s. There is a strong reason behind all of this. Our absolutely disagreeable unhealthy lifestyle.

The latest research and study also proves direct correlation between lifestyle and long life. There is a steady growing inequality now felt between the wealthiest and poorest people in the UK alone. This is bridging the life expectancy gap as well, says the research.

To prove the declining lifestyle and expectancy, a team from Cass Business School and the International Longevity Centre at UK measured the differences in age between the earliest 10% of adult deaths and the top 5% of survivors.

While the good news is that people can expect to live for longer than those from previous generations, there is a catch. There is a growing gap between the longest and shortest life expectancy thanks to the lifestyle disparities.

The new study claims that the gap in life expectancy between the wealthiest and the poorest in society is being driven apart for the first time since the 1800s. But the stark difference is being felt only in the recent times.

The report’s author, Les Mayhew, professor of statistics at Cass Business School, confirms in a statement

“It was clear that the first half of the 20th Century was characterized by a narrowing of the gap in lifespan as everyone benefited from improvements in clean drinking water, better housing, higher incomes and better health.

“Despite general rises in life expectancy after 1950, the life expectancy gap between men and women widened whilst inequalities in lifespan persisted rather than narrowing further.”

Bad Lifestyle Choices is What

Professor Mayhew says that the lifespan is towards the worse side, partly due to some men now living to exceptionally old ages and in many cases equaling women but at the other end of the distribution there has been a lack of progress. The research blames the widening disparity on poor life style choices rather than ambient risks which were prevalent in the first half of the 20th Century.

The key lifestyle choices that are currently affecting life expectancy are

– Smoking

– Alcohol

– Junk food

– Addictions

– Extended Gadget usage

Source – Web MD



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