Babies with a date of birth from 2030 are expected to live to an average age of 90 years. Women historically live longer than men and it’s South Korean women that are expected to lead the way.
Life expectancy in the UK is expected to grow to up to 82 for men and 85 for women. France will lead the way with the highest life expectancy average in Europe. The US findings were different. They are expected to have the lowest life expectancy rate of rich countries by the same timeframe.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Imperial Collage London, conducted the study over 35 developed countries and found that all countries would experience an increase in their average life expectancy across the board.
Interestingly, they discovered that the gap between the life expectancy of men and women would begin to close. The main reason for women living longer than men is not yet absolute, but this finding would strengthen the conclusion that it's social and habitual factors over anything biological.
The general factors affecting life expectancy include a countries medical advancements, obesity rates, diet patterns and social and habitual norms.
The impact on medical technology
The elderly are the biggest users of medical technology and an increase in the average life expectancy rate is going have a direct impact in the increase in demand for all job functions within the medical technology industry. It is yet another reason why a career in medical technology is so lucrative. An increase in life expectancy and the growth of digital technology on smart phones and wearable technology are said to be the biggest factors in the industry's steep growth forcast over the next 5-10 years.
Nicola Lawler, Head of Marketing at Projectus Consulting
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