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World Health Organization says we're all living longer

Report ranks 10 countries with the highest life expectancies.

How many stories have been written and passed down through the ages about the fountain of youth – that magic elixir that could provide everlasting life? Lovely as that might be, it will (most likely) never be a reality. But, with the increasing presence of quality medications, rapidly growing technology and global health awareness, strides are being made in the right direction to help everyone live longer and healthier.

According to recent data from the World Health Organization, life expectancy is up around the world, though just how long you live has a lot to do with where you were born. The WHO report ranked the top 10 countries with the highest life expectancies for men and women. Iceland topped the list for men, with a life expectancy of 81.2 years for males born in 2012. Israel, where a male born in 2012 can expect to live 80.2 years, ranked fourth.

And while Israeli women born in 2012 did not make the WHO's top 10 list, according to additional data from the organization, their life expectancy is 84 years, which is the same number as Portugal (number 10 on the report's list).

Countries that made both gender top 10 lists include Switzerland (80.7 male, 85.1 female), Japan (80 male, 87 female), Australia (80.5 male, 84.6 female), Singapore (80.2 male, 85.1 female), Italy (80.2 male, 85 female), and Luxembourg (79.7 male, 84.1 female). The United States also ranked above the global average (76 male, 81 female).

The good news from the World Health Statistics report is that people around the world as a whole are living longer than ever before.

"A baby girl born in 2012," the report states, "can expect to live an average of 72.7 years, and a baby boy to 68.1 years. This is 6 years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990."


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