International Lifestyles Expectancy Rises, However Regional Variations Stay

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Life expectancy at birth for both men and women across the globe is now an average of 70 years — a six-year increase since 1990, according to a new health-statistics report from the World Health Organization. The average for women is 73 years; for men, 68 years.

Based on data from 2012, life expectancy in the Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific Region is above average at 76 years. However, despite improvement, the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Southeast Asia and Africa are all below average at 68, 67 and 58 years, respectively.

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By country, Sierra Leone has the shortest life expectancy at 46 years. Iceland has the longest life expectancy for men at 81.2 years, while Japan has the longest life expectancy for women at 87 years. Women continue to live longer than men around the world, at an average of 4.6 years longer, the report said. Read more…

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