A recent CNN article highlighted the work of Kyle Freeman at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Kyle has released a study on where countries around the world will rank in life expectancy by 2040. And guess what? While countries like Spain and Japan are first and second in the rankings for life expectancy, the United States falls more than any other high income country. In fact the US is predicted to fall below that of China by 2040, from 43rd in the world to 64th. Surprised? You should be. We are better than that as a nation and as a people. But the reality is that life expectancy has actually fallen over the last two years in the United States. The Logic Based Health Longevity Summit on November 12 will deep dive into the latest research on exercise, diet, supplementation and other factors that are attributed to longer lifespans. We will discuss what works, what does not and a local study on healthy ageing at Emory University which is the largest study of its’ kind.
One would think that the US government would launch an initiative to shrink the six year gap we are predicted to have with Spain by 2040. Six years of lost life span across 325 million people is 1.962 billion years. Divide that by our average lifespan of 78.7 years and you get almost 25 million equivalent lives lost. Can you imagine losing 25 million more people than we have to over the next 40 or so years?
Perhaps one day, we will change that as a society. In the meantime, it is up to us if we want to buck the trend on an individual basis.