When it comes to age , you definitely relate it with life and also life expectancy of people as we are way curious about how much people will live. We are well aware of the fact that Japan is having the world’s longest life expectancy and there are various examples also justifying this.
But before going to make some decision for the future you must know this.
Spain is on track to have the world’s longest life expectancy by 2040 with a lifespan of 85.8 years, surpassing Japan.
A report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which formed in 2007 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that Japan will fall to second place with a life expectancy of 85.7 years. Although the report does not provide reasoning for each country’s ranking, the institute analyzed 250 different causes of death to reach conclusions.
Researchers took into account high blood pressure, tobacco usage, unsafe water and sanitation, air pollution, child malnutrition, and many other factors.
Spain is one of only four countries set to exceed an 85-year life expectancy by 2040. The country spends about 10% of its GDP on healthcare, according to the online expat guide Expatica. Spain also ranks very highly in global lists of healthcare systems. In the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Competitiveness Report, for example, Spain tied for the healthiest country in the world.
he remainder of the top 10 will feature Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Israel, France, Luxembourg, and Australia, according to the study.
Expatica, an online guide for expats, estimates that Spain spends about 10% of its GDP on healthcare. Spain also ranks highly in lists of healthcare systems around the world. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, for example, recently listed Spain as one of the healthiest countries in the world.
Globally, the average rise in life expectancy between 2016 and 2040 is estimated to be 4.4 years, though the United States will be far below. Americans’ average life expectancy will go up only 1.1 years to 79.8, and the US will drop from 43rd to 64th place in world rankings.
China, which had a life expectancy of 76.3 years in 2016, is predicted to hit an average of 81.9 years by 2040. The increase would put China in 39th place.
Four countries in sub-Saharan Africa will have life expectancies of less than 65 years by 2040, the study found. Of the 195 countries and territories analyzed, Lesotho will have the lowest life expectancy, with an average of 57.3 years.
7 Reasons the Spanish Have the Highest Life Expectancy in Europe
Not only does Spain have the highest healthy life expectancy in Europe but it also beat Australia, Canada, Norway and US!
Here are some of my own observations about why Spain is such a healthy country.
1) I didn’t put any weight on during my first trip to Spain, and only 2 pounds this last time. Usually I put on at least 7 pounds when I go away for a week. This is despite eating out in restaurants every day. I think this is because we didn’t see any desserts on menus and most of the time we weren’t offered any.
2) The food is typically unprocessed. Processed food can be purchased in supermarkets but it is extremely expensive.
3) The weather is glorious all year round so you get lots of fresh air and do more things outside. We ate most of our meals outside which we all loved.
4) People walk more. Public transport is very good so less people have cars and they tend to walk wherever possible. We did loads of walking and swimming and it felt so good to walk in the sunshine.
5) People are happy and friendly and relaxed which is very good for wellbeing.
6) Fresh fruit is readily available. We had a lemon tree in our garden and you can find free oranges and avocados in many places. It’s much healthier than the fruit that gets shipped here to the UK unripe and weeks old by the time we eat it.
7) Kids generally don’t have their own menus and they don’t eat on their own. They choose the healthy food from the adult menu and eat with the adults. I was happy that my fussy kids tried and loved tapas.
The top ten
- Spain (85.8 years)
- Japan (85.7 years)
- Singapore (85.4 years)
- Switzerland (85.2 years)
- Portugal (84.5 years)
- Italy (84.5 years)
- Israel (84.4 years)
- France (84.3 years)
- Luxembourg (84.1 years)
- Australia (84.1 years)
The Mediterranean diet of olive oil, fresh fish, and a broad selection of vegetables has long been acknowledged as an important factor in longevity. Some surveys on the diet, however, have shown that the benefits on cardiovascular health are more pronounced for the wealthy and well-educated.
Spaniard Francisco Núñez Olivera held the Guinness world record as the world’s oldest man until he died in January at age 113. He said his long life was down to lots of homegrown vegetables, a glass of red wine a day, hard work, and good genes. Europe’s oldest woman, Ana Vela Rubio, hit 116 years of age before she died in December 2017.
The outlook is gloomier for the US, which is expected keep tumbling down the rankings from its current 43rd place to 64th, with an average lifespan of 79.8 years. Murray said that the big causes of death, like heart and respiratory disease, aren’t expected to change much in the US. “The trends are not as favorable as what we are seeing in Australia, New Zealand, or western Europe,” he said.
Something that we should know that smoking cigarettes remains popular in Spain, even after the country passed a law in 2011 that prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants.
According to El Pais, there have been fewer cases of asthma among children since 2011, and the legislation may also result in fewer heart and lung illnesses.
Still, each Spanish person smokes an average of 1,499 cigarettes per year, according to Tobacco Atlas. The number is much higher than that of some countries, such as Norway’s annual average of 553 cigarettes per person, but Spain is still ahead of Japan, where each person smokes an average of 1,583 cigarettes per year.
SOURCE – Insider