By Alexa Lardieri

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Fifty-nine countries are predicted to have a life expectancy of at least 80 years old in 2040, according to a new study.(GETTY IMAGES)

BY 2040, ALL COUNTRIES are expected to experience an increase in lifespans. 

A study published in The Lancet on Tuesday examined 250 causes of death between 1990 and 2016 in 195 countries and used that data to generate predictions for 2017 to 2040. It projected that global life expectancy will increase an average of 4.4 years. Researchers found that health, in most instances, was forecast to improve by 2040. However, 36 health conditions were forecast to decline.

Fifty-nine countries, including China and the U.K., are predicted to have a life expectancy of at least 80 years in 2040. Life expectancy is expected to increase 5.6 years in China and 2.5 years in the U.K. JapanSingaporeSpain and Switzerland will have a life expectancy of at least 85 years. However, in 2040, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Lesotho will have life expectancies below 65 years. According to the study, these results indicate “global disparities in survival are likely to persist if current trends hold.”

“Inequalities will continue to be large,” Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Director Dr. Christopher Murray said in a press release. “The gap between the ‘better’ and ‘worse’ scenarios will narrow but will still be significant. In a substantial number of countries, too many people will continue earning relatively low incomes, remain poorly educated, and die prematurely. But nations could…

This article was sourced from US News.

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