In the U.K. it has been estimated that by 2030, life expectancy will have increased to an average of 87 years for both men and women. While the life expectancy of women is steadily on the increase, men’s life expectancy is increasing at a much larger rate.
The above was worked out on a study carried out on how long 30 year olds could expect to live. Men are smoking less and more work in offices rather than in more hazardous occupations. The rates of lung cancer are also increasing in women and decreasing in men, and one third of British babies born are now expected to live to 100!
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where the prevalence of infectious diseases is much higher, life expectancy is significantly lower and there is little difference between the life expectancy of men and women. In Eastern Europe, where many of the infectious diseases have been defeated, there is a huge gap between the life expectancies of men and women.
I think it’s wonderful to be able to live to a ripe old age. My Gran turns 103 this year and she is still going strong! She reads, talks the hind leg off anyone, will never miss doing her crossword puzzles and loves her food! On her 100th Birthday she received a letter from the Queen, as well as the Pope! That reminds me, I need to send her an email!