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Forget Forty – Seventy-Two is the New Thirty
By Hayley Bisceglia-Martin

That midlife crisis will have to wait — according to a recent study, 72 is the new 30.

Though the human lifespan has been increasing by leaps and bounds throughout the 20th century, the study published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research does not mean that the average person will now live to be 140 years old. Rather, scientists have released findings saying that a man is as likely to die today at the age of 72 as he once was at the age of 30.

The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. They focused on calculating the probability of dying in the 21st century at a specific age in two particularly healthy countries, Sweden and Japan, compared to the odds of dying at the same age in the 1800’s or earlier.

Researchers studied chimpanzees in order to gather data about life expectancy for pre-historic man.

According to CNBC, scientists affiliated with the study identified several different factors that may explain the drastic increase. It could be attributed to the development of antibiotics and vaccines, advancements in agricultural science or a wider access to clean and safe drinking water.

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