Today's 72-year-olds Have Same Mortality Rate as 30-year-olds from 1800
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2013 -- The longevity of the human has improved rapidly within the last century, and there are now scientists that claim 72 is the new 30.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, German, have stated that the progress in lowering the odds of death has been so rapid since 1900 that the expectancy has risen fast than it did in the previous 200 millennia.
The pace has been so rapid, that expectancy has left industrialized economies wholly unprepared to deal with providing for retirement for the incoming generations who will be living so much longer than their predecessors.
The study was published by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, which looked at Swedish and Japanese men. It concluded that their counterparts from 1800 would have had spans of life closer to those of earliest hunter-gatherer humans. Now both countries have some of the longest average expectancy levels.
The primitive hunter/gatherers were usually nearer to death by 30, and had the same odds of dying as do Swedish or Japanese men today.
The study did not attempt to create conclusion on how extensions of human life affected morality of lifestyle. It also did not look into whether or not the fact of progression was directly causing more trouble than less.
Instead the study focused on the odds of dying at particular ages and how those numbers had changed over time.
“The recent jumps in mortality reduction are remarkable in the context of mammal diversity because age-specific death rates for hunter-gatherers are already exceptionally low, probably among the lowest of any non-human primate,” the study noted.
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