Singapore Ranks 3rd In Life Expectancy Globally
Singaporeans will reach an average life expectancy of 85.4 in 2040, according to a study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
This puts Singapore at third place out of 195 countries for highest average life expectancy in 2040, after Spain (85.8 years) and Japan (85.7 years).
The leading causes of premature death in 2040 are expected to include lower respiratory infections, ischaemic heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, lung cancer and chronic kidney disease.
The study also projects a significant increase in deaths from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic kidney disease, and lung cancer.
However, Dr Kyle Foreman, the lead author of the study, said that “the future of the world’s health is not preordained, and there is a wide range of plausible trajectories”.
Nevertheless, addressing key health drivers such as high blood pressure, high body mass index, high blood sugar, tobacco use, alcohol use and air pollution can drive significant progress.