Study Says Poor Die 10 Years Earlier Than Rich

Via CNN

A troubling gap in life expectancy among the rich and poor has emerged in world.The life expectancy gap between the most affluent and most deprived girls and women in first world countries rose from a difference of 6.1 years in 2001 to 7.9 in 2016 according to a study published in the journal Lancet Public Health.According to the study,the life expectancy gap between the most affluent and most deprived boys and men climbed from a difference of nine years to 9.7 years.

The finding is that in every age group and from every disease there is a contribution towards inequality which really means the poor are suffering across the board.Overall access to health care and use of health care is worse by the poor even in countries that has a national health system.So there’s some combination of social, economic behaviors and health care.
 According to the World Health Organization the global life expectancy at birth in 2016 was 72 years.The global average life expectancy rose by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016 the fastest increase since the 1960s. The researchers analyzed the data which included 7.65 million deaths between 2001 and 2016, taking a close look at where each death occurred and disparities by community noting which communities were the most affluent and which were the most deprived.
The researchers found that life expectancy at birth in 2016 was consistently lower in more deprived communities. Among women life expectancy ranged from 78.8 years in the most deprived areas to 86.7 years in the most affluent areas and among men it ranged from 74 to 83.8.
Additionally although life expectancy increased in most communities from 2001 to 2016 gains were larger in the affluent groups the researchers found.More research is needed to determine the exact contribution of factors driving such inequalities but the researchers noted in the study that the largest contributors to life expectancy inequalities were deaths in children younger than 5 mostly neonatal deaths, respiratory diseases, heart disease, lung and digestive cancers and dementias in older adults.

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