STUDY: THE GLOBAL POPULATION IS LIVING SIX YEARS LONGER THAN IN 1990

December 19, 2014

You’ll probably want to start saving for retirement if you haven’t already.

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Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990.

An analysis of the 2013 Global Burden of Disease study finds that falling death rates from heart disease and cancer in rich countries and better survival rates in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria mean people are living longer. The only exception to this is in southern sub-Saharan Africa, where deaths from HIV/AIDS have knocked off five years of life expectancy since 1990.

Study leader Christopher Murray says, “The progress we are seeing against a variety of illnesses and injuries is good– even remarkable– but we can and must do better.” Murray notes that some chronic diseases that have been neglected and are rising threats to life include drug disorders, liver cirrhosis, diabetes and kidney disease. 

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