South Korea projected to take lead in life expectancy by 2030

A new study has suggested that average life expectancy will increase worldwide by 2030, and the Asian country of South Korea will take a lead in the field.

A team of researchers led by Prof. Majid Ezzati of global environmental health at Imperial College London found in the new study that average life expectancy will increase at birth as well as at the age of 65 years.

The average life expectancy for women at birth will exceed to 85 years in several countries, but South Korea will likely lead with an average life expectancy of 90.8 years. In 2015, worldwide average life expectancy at birth stood at 71.4 years.

Sharing their findings, Ezzati said, “The biggest result is that ... at least one group is going to break the 90-year barrier. This shows that even if there is a limit to longevity, we are nowhere near it. We should be planning for more life.”

The estimated improvements in expectancy are being attributed to enhancements in maternal and child health in addition to better adult health.

The researchers reported their encouraging findings on life expectancy in the Tuesday (Feb. 21st) of the journal Lancet.