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Want A Long Life? Move To Iceland

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, April 04, 2008 12:31 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Cancer, Longevity, Healthy Habits, Toxic Substances, Accidents, Infant Mortality

Icelandic men now have the longest life span surpassing Japan according to the United Nations.



IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ ice block/ Andreas Tille

Icelandic men now are in the lead for a long life, surpassing Japanese in life expectancy.

While in the U.S. men live 75.2 years, Icelandic men are now living to an average of 79.4 years according to United Nations statistics.

That is considered a world record and surpasses the previous record of  78.6 years for Japanese men. 

Women seem to always outlive men, no matter what country.  Icelandic women should be around an average of 82.9 years, according to the U.N.. Japanese women have the longest predicted lifespan at 86 years. 

The life expectancy is a bit misleading.  The death of a child can bring down the average numbers as can the lack of access to healthcare of the poor and the lifestyle choices of some.

No idea why Icelandic men outlive others, but diet, lifestyle and available healthcare are likely contributors. The North Atlantic island has had a tradition of living off the fishing industry until recently and it is one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita annual income of over $54,000. 

And while Americans are living longer than before, we are last among the top industrialized nations in preventable deaths. 

The U.S. spends nearly $6,100 per person for health care, more per capita than another other nation, yet Americans have among the lowest life expectancy at 78 years when women are averaged in. That beats Slovenia and just beats Cuba’s life expectancy according to the United Nations.  #

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