Life expectancy rises to record levels

Life expectancy rises to record levels


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Anyone born this year has the best chance of a long life. Because according to a current press release from the Federal Statistical Office, the life expectancy of newborns has increased significantly in the past ten years. According to this, newborn boys would now be on average 78 years old and girls 83 years old. However, there are big differences not only between the sexes, but also between the individual federal states.

On average, newborn girls get five years older
People are getting older in this country. This is the result of a bill published by the Federal Statistical Office on Friday, for which all deaths from 2012 to 2014 and other population data were evaluated. Accordingly, the life expectancy of newborn boys today is on average 78 years and two months, which is two years and three months higher than the 2002/2004 mortality table. Girls who are currently born are estimated to live 83 years and one month on average - an increase of one year and six months. "Life expectancy has been rising steadily for years, which is why they are record-breaking," a statistician told the Reuters news agency.

Older men are catching up in a ten-year comparison
Older people are also getting older. Based on the 2012/2014 mortality table, the remaining life expectancy for men aged 65 is now 17 years and 8 months. According to the information, women of the same age are statistically even 21 years ahead of them. This makes them one year and two months older than ten years ago, and men even increased by one year and five months.
The statisticians also discovered differences when comparing the individual federal states. According to this, men and women in Baden-Württemberg have the highest life expectancy at birth at 79 years and five months or almost 84 years. The lowest values ​​were achieved by men in Saxony-Anhalt at 76 years and two months and women in Saarland at 82 years and two months.
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death
In 2014, the average age of death in Germany was 78.1 years. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the most common cause of death of the 868,356 deaths (422,225 men and 446,131 women) was - as in previous years - a cardiovascular disease. Almost 40 percent of all deaths were due to this. The second leading cause of death was cancer, which killed a quarter of all those who died in 2014 (121,766 men and 101,992 women). Accordingly, 4% of all deaths occurred due to a non-natural cause of death, such as injury or poisoning (34,667 deaths).

Care and support for older people must be expanded
Men and women are getting older and older. But this does not only have advantages, because a long life often means considerable restrictions. Just a few months ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that people are getting older, but also getting sick. According to this, almost a quarter of all 70- to 85-year-olds in Germany would suffer from five or more diseases at the same time (multimorbidity). Accordingly, the care of older people must urgently be expanded and adapted to current developments. Instead of concentrating on the therapy of individual diseases, according to the WHO, “integrated care” should be used in order to maintain people's physical and mental health as well and as long as possible. (No)

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