Monday, September 15, 2003

A ripe old age

We are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, according to Professor Raymond Tallis of Manchester University. Life expectancy at birth has risen by 4.7 years for mean and 3.5 years for women in the last 20 years.

Unfortunately, the good professor goes on to say that things could get even better if we stopped smoking, ate heathily, exercised more etc. While average life expectancy would certainly improve if cigarette smoking was eradicated, the other factors he discusses are, at best, of much more limited value and, at worst, make no difference at all.

Outlook for living to healthy old age improving, Reuters Health, 12 September 2003


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