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Study Reveals South Korean Women To Have Increase In Life Expectancy

By March 3, 2017 at 8:03 am
South Korean women to have life expectancy gains (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

A recent study found that South Korean women are expected to experience an increase in life expectancy. They are believed to soon have an average lifespan of over 90 years.

Researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization took a look at the lifespans of people in 35 industrialized countries. They found that, in general, people will have longer lifespans by 2030. It was also noted that the gap between the lifespans of men and women could lessen in most countries.

Moreover, South Korean women were the ones to have the most likelihood of living longer compared to men in all countries. In the top five, after the South Korean women, were French, Japanese, Spanish and Swiss women, who were said to live up to 88 years old on average.

The lifespan of South Korean men is also expected to increase. However, they only get to live at about 84 years old. Men from Australia, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands also have the same life expectancy.

The study noted that the increase in life expectancy in South Korean women was due to decreases in the number of deaths caused by infections as well as long-term diseases in children and adults. It was also said that the gains in lifespans are a positive result of economic improvements in the country.

These economic improvements have had a positive impact on youth nutrition and have provided citizens with increased access to primary and secondary health care. It has also led to the development of new medical technologies.

South Koreans were also revealed to have a lower body-mass index and blood pressure levels than people in most countries from the West. They also have fewer women who smoke.

It was recently reported that there was no significant migratory interruption or "population turnover" for over seven millennia. With this, some contemporary ethnic groups still share a genetic similarity to their Stone Age ancestors.

This means that the Ulchi people of the Amur Basin, located in the proximity of Russian borders for China and North Korea, and the ancient hunter-gatherers whose remains are buried in a cave close to the Ulchi's home, could most likely be the ancestors of modern Koreans.

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