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Longevity, Life Expectancy and Statistics

Learn about longevity statistics include life expectancy, life span, healthy life expectancy and more.
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Maximum Human Lifespan
What is the longest a person can survive? Maximum human lifespan has been a puzzle for researchers on aging; find out what different mathematical models predict for how long we can live.

Longevity Throughout History
How has the human life expectancy evolved through the ages? Find out how long our ancestors lived compared with today.

Evolution of Longevity
Groundbreaking research by Rachel Caspari and others have determined that humans began living significantly longer about 30,000 years ago, which represents the evolution of modern longevity.

Higher Gas Prices Save Lives
Higher gas prices mean fewer people driving. Fewer people driving mean fewer car accidents and less air pollution. This amounts to around 2,600 fewer deaths for a 20% increase in gas prices — finally, some good news about gas prices.

Life Expectancy Declines in the United States
Life expectancy may be on the decline in the United States, especially in some counties. Every year, we can expect to hear how the overall life expectancy has increased in the United States, but this is not true for all places; some counties have experienced slow or negative changes in life expectancy.

New Longevity Statistic -- Healthy Working Life Expectancy at age 50
Longevity statistics can be utterly fascinating. This one, the Healthy Working Life Expectancy at Age 50 (HWLE) attempts to measure the number of years the average 50-year-old will be healthy and at work. This is an attempt to measure age-related disability and absence of disease.

Black-White Life Expectancy Gap
The black-white life expectancy gap increased from 1983 to 1993 but decreased from 1993-2003. The reasons for the gap are complicated but include different rates of homicide, heart disease, injuries and infant mortality.

Understanding Healthy Life Expectancy
Healthy Life Expectancy, also called HALE, represent the number of years, on average, a newborn can expect to live in full health. HALEs are useful for comparing the healthiness of different countries, not merely their life expectancy.

Disability Adjusted Life Years - DALYs - Measuring Suffering
Disability Adjusted Life Years for an illness measure the years of potential life lost and the years spend with disability. This information allows officials and researchers to compare the suffering caused by different health conditions.

Human Life Span
Life span is the maximum number of years an individual from a given species can live. For humans, that number is 122. No one has creditably lived longer that Jeanne Clament of France, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Years of Potential Life Lost
Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) measures premature mortality. By subtracting the age of death from the average life expectancy, researchers and officials can evaluate the public health impact of different diseases and injuries.

Top 10 Causes of Mortality for All Ages in the United States
Most of the top causes of death are preventable through a healthy lifestyle of exercise, good nutrition and safety. You can significantly increase your life expectancy by healthy living.

Top 10 Causes of Death for Ages 15-24
Causes of death in this age group range from accidents to congenital conditions with homicide and suicide taking the number tow and three spots. Reducing risk taking is a major way to assure a long life expectancy in your 20s.

Top 10 Causes of Death for Ages 25-44
Mortality for the ages 25-44 begins to shift toward illnesses impacted by lifestyle factors. Accidents are still an important risk, but chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease begin to take their toll.

Top 10 Causes of Death for Ages 45-64
What are the top causes of death for ages 45-64? What can be done to prevent some of these conditions? How can you avoid these causes?

How Dangerous is a Broken Hip When You're Older?
Hip fractures are a major cause of disability and death in older people. Find out the mortality rate for people who suffer a broken hip, and whether they may live as long as someone without a hip fracture.

Longitudinal Studies

What are Cohort Studies?
Cohort studies use two or more groups of similar people to track the effect of a disease or an event. Find out how cohort studies give us clues into the aging process.

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