Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Longevity in numbers and facts, Russian style

There is a number of very simple ways and methods to extend your life expectancy.

One glass of wine or beer reduces the risk of memory disorders by 20 percent with women over 70.

The average life expectancy of a Russia citizen is 67.5 years. Russian females live up to 72 years, males – 59 years. The significant difference is easy to explain. Russian men drink too much alcohol, smoke too much, experience too many stressful situations and do not respect regular medical examinations.

Children born to young mothers have a lot more chances to reach the centenary. If a woman gave birth to her first child at age below 25, the baby has all chances to lead a very long life as opposed to other children, whose mothers were older at the time of their birth.

The people kissing their partners every morning live five years longer than those who do not do it, British and German psychologists concluded.

Married people live longer than single individuals. Married people eat a lot better, they care about their health more and they can always count on the support from their loved ones.

Japan is the country with the biggest number of long-living people. There will be almost a million of Japanese people aged over 100 by 2050.

Long-legged women live longer than short-legged women.

Watching TV series on a regular basis may add ten years to one’s life expectancy. However, it goes about Mexican and Brazilian soap operas which always have a happily ever after ending.

One hour of physical exercises a day may add two years to one’s life expectancy

Various factors contribute to an individual's longevity. Significant factors in life expectancy include gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and crime rates. Below is a list of life expectancies in different types of countries:

First World: 77-83 years (e.g. Canada: 80.1 years, 2005 est)
Third World: 35-60 years (e.g. Mozambique: 40.3 years, 2005 est)

Population longevities can be seen as increasing due to increases in life expectancies around the world:

Spain: 81.02 years in 2002, 82.31 years in 2005
Australia: 80 years in 2002, 80.39 years in 2005
Italy: 79.25 years in 2002, 79.68 years in 2005
France: 79.05 years in 2002, 79.60 years in 2005
Germany: 77.78 years in 2002, 78.65 years in 2005
UK: 77.99 years in 2002, 78.4 years in 2005
USA: 77.4 years in 2002, 77.7 years in 2005

The mainstream view on the future of longevity, such as the US Census Bureau, is that life expectancy in the United States will be in the mid 80s by 2050 (up from 77.85 in 2006) and will top out eventually in the low 90s, barring major scientific advances that can change the rate of human aging itself, as opposed to merely treating the effects of aging as is done today. The Census Bureau also predicted that the United States would have 5.3 million people aged over 100 in 2100.

Recent increases in the rates of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, may however drastically slow or reverse this trend toward increasing life expectancy in the developed world.

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