Portugal is the champion in the rise of life expectancy between developed countries

Portugal is the champion in the rise of life expectancy between developed countries

Reuters/José Manuel Ribeiro

In 2040, Portugal will jump to the top 5 of the countries where people will live longer and will have the highest rise among the richest.

In just over 20 years, Portugal will be in the top 5 of the countries with the highest average life expectancy. A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation , funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and published this week in the Lancet, shows that Portugal is going to make a big leap in this area, from 23rd to 5th, in a table with 195 countries that in 2040 will be led by the other Iberian country, Spain. Portugal deserves special mention because it is the country that increases its average life expectancy more among developed countries, going from 81 to 84.5 years, only 1.3 years behind the Spaniards.

And these good results of the Iberian countries in terms of longevity are not by chance, since, of course, alongside the bet on public health - that has as an example in Portugal, the fight against products with excess sugar - diet is one of the factors for Spanish success. Spain should dethrone Japan from the first place in this ranking (Singapore and Switzerland are the other countries to complete the top five list). In Spain, the main causes of death in 2016 were cardiovascular diseases, cancers - same as in Portugal - respiratory infections and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, which should gain more weight in twenty years.

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