The number of years that one is expected to live as determined by statistics.
The probable number of years a person will live after a given age, as determined by mortality in a specific geographic area. It may be individually qualified by the person's condition or race, sex, age, or other demographic factors.
Worldwide projections for 2030 based on 2002 data predict an overall increase in life expectancy from 65-70. But is some areas like sub – Saharan Africa, life expectancy will be far behind the rest of the world (below 55 in 2030) due to AIDS, war and poverty.
Causes of death that are expected to increase worldwide in 2030 are circulatory diseases, COPD, diabetes mellitus, and lung, stomach, liver and colorectal cancers.
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