Want to Make it to 100? Try This!

As time goes on, so does the average life expectancy. According to a 2020 U.S. population report, life expectancy has increased in the last four decades. 

“Between 1960 and 2015, life expectancy for the total population in the United States increased by almost 10 years from 69.7 years in 1960 to 79.4 years in 2015,” the report found. Emphasizing that longevity is only expected to increase by 2060, the average life expectancy will be 85.6 years compared to 79.7 in 2017. 

“We’ve had a significant increase in lifespan over the last century,” Marie Bernard, deputy director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, told NIH News in Health. “Now, if you make it to age 65, the likelihood that you’ll make it to 85 is very high. And if you make it to 85, the likelihood that you’ll make it to 92 is very high. So people are living longer, and it’s happening across the globe.”

There are many ways a person can boost their chances of making it to their 70s, 80s and even 90s; lifestyle choices and genetics both play important roles, but not equally.

Excerpted from Deseret News

Read Full Article