A new research study has shown that life expectancy in the United States is lower as compare to other high-income countries in the world and it is expected to fall further by the year 2030.
Life Expectancy In The US By 2030
Government estimates show that life expectancy in the U.S. is at 76.3 years for men and 81.2 years for women. Using different prediction models, researchers of the new study claims that this will improve to 79.5 years for men and 83.3 years for women 13 years from now. Inspite of this rise, the U.S. would still lag behind other developed nations.
Reasons Behind Low Life Expectancy In The US
The study reported that low life expectancy in the U.S. Is due to lack of universal health care along with other factors like high maternal and child mortality rates, obesity. The U.S. Does not have universal health care coverage which is available in other developed nations. The country also has the biggest portion of unmet healthcare needs because of financial costs.
“Not only does the USA have high and rising health inequalities, but also life expectancy has changed or even declined in some subgroups,” the researchers wrote. “Hence, the poor recent and projected US performance is at least partly due to advance and unexpected mortality from chronic diseases and violence, and insufficient and insufficient health care.”
Opposite Of South Korea Researchers likewise noted that the U.S. is almost the opposite of South Korea, where women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy of more than 90. Researchers attributed South Korea’s greater average life expectancy to several factors which include good childhood nutrition, good health care access, low levels of smoking, low blood pressures, and new medical knowledge and technologies.
Experts of the study, however, said that they did not consider certain changes within countries that may affect life expectancies such as major political disruption which can affect social and healthcare systems.
Unlike other studies which commit to relying on a single model to determine the life expectancy, the research, which was published in The Lancet on Feb. 21, used a statistical method used in weather forecasting to generate 21 models that would predict life expectancy in developed nations across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and Latin America.