Great News! Life Expectancy Keeps on Rising.

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This week Imperial College London and the World Health Organization released a report analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries which predicted that all the countries would see people living longer by 2030 and the gap between men and women would also start to close. Between 2015 and 2030, life expectancy in the UK is expected to go from 79 to 82 for men and from 83 to 85 for women, but South Korea has been highlighted as the country where women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90.By contrast, the US performs poorly and is on course to have the lowest life expectancy of rich countries by 2030.The study predicts an average age of 80 for men and 83 for women – roughly the same state Mexico and Croatia will have achieved. As the authors state the USA is very unequal to an extent that whole national performance is affected, notably it is the only country without universal health insurance. The study was published in the Lancet Future Life Expectancy . There is an interview with the author on the BBC news website at BBC Health

Also this week the British Geriatric Society  Blog looks at a recent paper co-authored by Fátima Brañas a consultant geriatrician from Madrid whose team has been looking at Frailty and physical function in older HIV-infected adults. Nowadays, over half of people infected with HIV are older than fifty years. Like other marginalised groups biologically they are older, as accelerated ageing in this population has been demonstrated. The team suggest that the management of HIV-infected patients has to change as a consequence of their rising frailty. If you want to know more you can read the blog and access the paper at BGS Blog

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