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Australians living longer but life expectancy dips in US and UK

A study of how long men and women are living in 18 wealthy countries has found that life expectancy is on the rise in Australia but declining in Britain, the United States and several other nations.

By comparison, British women and men have seen their life expectancy dip to 82.7 years and 79 years respectively. There’s been a similar pattern in the US, where men now live an average of 76.4 years and women for 81.4 years. Overall, Switzerland has the longest life expectancy for men at 81.6 years, while Japanese women live to a ripe old age of 87.2 years.

The findings were published by the British Medical Journal on Thursday. The top five countries for living longer were:

Women:

1. Japan 87.2 yrs

2. Spain 85.8 yrs

3. Switzerland 85.4 yrs

4. France 85.5 yrs

5. Australia 85.46 yrs

Men:

1.Switzerland 81.6 yrs

2. Australia 81.5 yrs

3. Japan 81.01 yrs

4. Norway 80.61 yrs

5. Sweden 80.57 yrs

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