Life Expectancy Gap between Men & Women Closing, Prof.Majid Ezzati article in The Lancet, 21st February

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The life expectancy gap between British men & women is closing.

Improvements in lifestyle means British men born in 2030 are expected to live until they are 82.5 years old & women until 85.3 years, closing the gap to 2.8 years.

The study, published in The Lancet and funded by the UK Medical Research Council, found that South Koreans could have the highest life expectancy in the world come 2030- women here have a 57% probability that it will be higher than 90 years.

Professor Majid Ezzati, the study's lead researcher said: "Men traditionally had unhealthier lifestyles & so shorter life expectancies. "They smoked & drank more & had more road traffic accidents & homicides. "However, as lifestyles become more similar between men & women, so does their longevity."

Professor Ezzati added: "Many people used to believe that 90 years is the upper limit for life expectancy, but this research suggests we will break the 90-year-barrier. "I don't believe we're anywhere near the upper limit of life expectancy - if there even is one."

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