About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Australian Men In The Lead When It Comes To Life Expectancy

by Jeffil Obadiah on August 25, 2019 at 7:34 PM
Font : A-A+

 Australian Men In The Lead When It Comes To Life Expectancy

Australian men are now outliving males in other countries in the world.

The study introduces a new way of measuring life expectancy, accounting for the historical mortality conditions that today's older generations lived through.

Advertisement


By this measure, Australian men, on average, live to 74.1. The news is good for Australian women too; the study shows they're ranked second, behind their Swiss counterparts.

Dr. Collin Payne co-led the study, which used data from 15 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia with high life expectancies.

"Popular belief has it that Japan and the Nordic countries are doing well in terms of health, wellbeing, and longevity. But Australia is right there," Dr. Payne said.
Advertisement

"The results have a lot to do with long term stability and the fact Australia's had a high standard of living for a long time. Simple things like having enough to eat, and not seeing a lot of major conflicts play a part."

Dr. Payne's study grouped people by the year of birth, separating 'early' deaths from 'late' deaths, to come up with the age at which someone can be considered an 'above-average' survivor. "Most measures of life expectancy are just based on mortality rates at a given time," Dr. Payne said.

"It's basically saying if you took a hypothetical group of people and put them through the mortality rates that a country experienced in 2018, for example, they would live to an average age of 80. "But that doesn't tell you anything about the life courses of people, as they've lived through to old age.

"Our measure takes the life course into account, including mortality rates from 50, 60, or 70 years ago.

"What matters is we're comparing a group of people who were born in the same year, and so have experienced similar conditions throughout their life."

Dr. Payne says this method allows us to clearly see whether someone is reaching their cohort's life expectancy.

"For example, an Australian man who's above age 74 we know with 100 percent certainty has outlived half of his cohort - he's an above-average survivor compared to his peers born in the same year," he said.

"And those figures are higher here than anywhere else that we've measured life expectancy.

"On the other hand, any man who's died before age 74 is not living up to their cohort's life expectancy."

Dr. Payne says there are a number of factors which might've contributed to Australia jumping ahead in these new rankings. "Mortality was really high in Japan in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. In Australia, mortality was really low during that time," Dr. Payne said.

"French males, for example, drop out because a lot of them died during WW2, some from direct conflict, others from childhood conditions."

Dr. Payne is now hoping to get enough data to look at how rankings have changed over the last 30 or 40 years.

Source: Newswise
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
January is the Thyroid Awareness Month in 2022
Menstrual Disorders
Coffee May Help You Fight Endometrial Cancer
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Directing the Course to Healthy Aging Neck Cracking 

Recommended Reading
Alagille Syndrome
Alagille syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is caused by hereditary or spontaneous mutations ....
Cleidocranial Dysplasia
Cleidocranial dysplasia - Rubber man - Read about the condition where a person affected by this ......
Directing the Course to Healthy Aging
An understanding of the rise in the aging population over the years and the need for attention to .....
HER2 Positive Breast Cancer
HER2-positive breast cancer is characterized by excessive production of the HER2 protein by the ......
Neck Cracking
Neck cracking or neck popping is caused by quick movements to loosen the ligaments and joints of the...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
CONSULT A DOCTOR
I have read and I do accept terms of use - Telemedicine

Advantage Medindia: FREE subscription for 'Personalised Health & Wellness website with consultation' (Value Rs.300/-)