Study Says South Korean Women Will Have Longest Life Expectancy by 2030

FILE PHOTO: Elderly residents exercise on the island of Yeonpyeong, which lies in the Yellow Sea, South Korea, April 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo)

South Korean women are set to outlive their peers in other countries, according to a study in the Lancet Journal.

The research, led by scientists at Imperial College London in collaboration with the World Health Organization, found a significant jump in life expectancy in most of the 35 developed countries studied.

Women born in 2030 in South Korea will have a life expectancy of 90 years old, 6.6 years longer than those born in 2010, the scientists predict.

The current life expectancy in South Korea for women is 81.9 years.

“South Korea has gotten a lot of things right,” the study’s lead author, Prof Majid Ezzati told the BBC.

“They seem to have been a more equal place and things that have benefited people—education, nutrition—have benefited most people.

“And so far, they are better at dealing with hypertension and have some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.”

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Eleanor Ross