People Living Longer
If you’re among the aging population, you have a reason to plan for a future. Doctors report that people are living longer at this time in history than ever before and there is reason to believe that we will continue to push the life expectancy envelope as time continues. Experts believe that within the next 50 years, people who live in developed countries with access to good health care may even start living to 100 years old.
People are living healthier lives. Exercise and a healthy diet contribute to human longevity. People try to eat the right diet by reducing fat consumption and simple sugar intake while trying to increase the number of fruits and vegetables they eat.. In addition to making health-conscious food choices, people are exercising more, aiding in the decrease of heart disease and many cancers, lowering their blood pressure, improving mental performance, and decreasing instances of depression.
Advances in medical technology have also contributed to longer life spans. We have found that many treatments or vaccination methods for childhood diseases and other public health-related problems that kill young people have been better controlled or have been completely eradicated. Antibiotics can now treat common diseases. More and more people quit smoking and give up other unhealthy habits, such as limiting alcohol consumption, in order to improve their longevity and quality of life.
Further, we now have clean water sources and better sanitation than in years past. Motor vehicles, work, and food safety have improved as well. Advancements in prenatal care are helping bring healthier babies into the world. Experts predict that if all these trends continue, we will see life expectancy rates increase by two years every decade. The current life expectancy rate is 77.6 – 78 years old.