British life expectancy

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A 2012 year-end report from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that people in Britain are living on average six years longer than existing life expectancy predictions.

For a child born in 2010, official life expectancy was 79 years for males and 83 years for females, however by studying the most common ages at passing away the ONS has discovered a brighter prospect. The most common mortality age in England and Wales in 2010 was 85 for men and 89 for women, an extra six years of life when compared to current life expectancy predictions.

Average life span has increased by a decade for men and eight years for women over the last 50 years. This rise is primarily attributed to improvements in hygiene and nutrition as well as greater awareness of healthy lifestyle choices.

The ONS study has also highlighted a greater number of people living considerably longer than statistically forecast. There has been a repeated annual increase in the number of centenarians and super-centenarians (people aged over 110). A total of 640 Britons are currently aged 105 or older, compared to just 350 in 2002.

The existence of a limit to the age a human being can reach however the ONS insists that any limit is yet to become apparent. “The information presented in this report suggests that in England and Wales an upper limit to life span has is yet to of been reached and that we will almost certainly see further increases in average [age] at passing away,” the report concludes.

How else has modern life, increased the lifespan of human beings?

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