A method of summarising collective health within a group by calculating the average time members are expected to remain alive. Most used at the country level where the statistic is how long a newborn child is expected to live if current rates of death remain constant.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

28
votes
1answer
5k views

Are there more than 50,000 people in Japan over 100 years old?

I recently read this article and although majority of the items are believable, #5 is really shocking. Is it true that there are more than 50,000 alive people in Japan already over 100?
10
votes
0answers
1k views

Is life expectancy of an Amish person same as average in US?

Amish website claims: What is the average life expectancy of Amish men and women and what is the number one cause of death in the Amish communities? It is the same as for all persons in ...
3
votes
1answer
380 views

Are actuarial life expectancy tables based on information that is 40 years out of date?

I was chatting to some older folks today that had recently attended a "retirement course" (i.e. a course that teaches you about retirement and what to expect etc.). One of the presenters apparently ...
3
votes
2answers
283 views

Life expectancy of girls born after 1970

At http://www.gero.uni-heidelberg.de/forschung/hd100.html I read - in German - that among the (western) girls born after 1970 50% will reach the age of 100. Is this plausible? (My wife is born in ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Can some species of jellyfish live forever?

I came accross one of those top 10 video today on youtube (while I remember trying to learn more about particle filter...) and it was about the longest living creatures. I already knew lobster and ...
3
votes
1answer
176 views

Do folks who live with a pet have a longer life?

I have heard many times that if you keep a pet, you tend to live longer. I have many friends and family members whom have pets and no pets, and I can't seem to see a pattern. Could the environmental, ...
22
votes
2answers
9k views

Do married people live longer than single people?

It is a common belief that married people live longer than single people. For example, The Telegraph reports: Men and women who are married or in long-term relationships are more likely to ...
10
votes
1answer
486 views

Is a short-term fast beneficial for maintaining good health and extending life expectancy?

This is claimed in Sweden's second-biggest newspaper. My translation: "I have started to short-term fast.[...] The reason is that lots of world leading scientists that study aging and the brain ...
6
votes
1answer
285 views

Do solar cycles influence life expectancy?

In a paper describing the effects of radiation on the human genome at peaks of solar cycles it is claimed: Those born in peaks of solar cycles lived an average of 1.5 years (CL 1.3-1.7) less than ...
4
votes
0answers
120 views

Can a lower core temperature, lower caloric intake and low blood pressure prolong life?

In Season 4, episode 8 of Torchwood: Miracle Day, a character is said to have prolonged their life (not much, but definitely longer) by keeping their core temperature two degrees lower than normal, ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Is this graph of life expectancy pre and post Chernobyl accurate?

Is the following graph of male life expectancy of ex-Soviet states spanning Chernobyl accurate? The source of the graph is a blog post (チェルノブイリ事故後の平均寿命), which according to google translate means ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Does flossing your teeth regularly increase your lifespan?

According to Life Tips: Regular flossing, long considered an essential part of daily dental cleansing, has been found to have a positive effect on your life expectancy, increasing it by up to ...
2
votes
0answers
5k views

Was the average life expectancy of a US soldier in Vietnam 15 minutes? [closed]

A friend of mine quoted this statistic today and I was a little skeptical. Wikipedia tells me that about 536,000 soldiers from the U.S. went to Vietnam and about 58,000 of them died, but I'm not sure ...
3
votes
0answers
202 views

Does Resveratrol increase human life expectancy?

Resveratrol is a buzz word in health science research. It is hailed as the discovery of “the fountain of youth” . In the past 10 years over 500 medical research studies were performed. ...
7
votes
1answer
7k views

Do police officers and firefighters have a shorter than average life expectancy?

I have run across several references that mention that police officers and firefighters have a much shorter life expectancy than average. Is this claim true? Are there any reputable studies that have ...
3
votes
1answer
425 views

Does Korean ginseng develop brain efficiency and prolong life?

From Proceeding of the Mini Workshop Southeast Asia Germany Alumni Network (SEAG): "... the Korean ginseng (Panax schinsen) has been well known as a tonic, treatment for Diabetes Mellitus, ...
9
votes
2answers
5k views

Are left-handed people more likely to die younger than right-handed people?

Several sources claim that left-handed people have shorter life-spans: A left-handed academic from North Dakota has revealed that left-handers tend to die younger than right-handers. The ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

Will eating a lot of junk food shorten your life expectancy?

I just ate an entire medium pepperoni pizza for dinner and my roommate started lecturing me on how I'm gonna die in my 30s. Does eating fatty and sugary foods make your life any shorter?
20
votes
2answers
2k views

Was the world life expectancy only 30 years at 1900?

In this article, About.com article on Life Expectancy they claim: In 1900, the world life expectancy was approximately 30 years I've also the same claim elsewhere. However, this doesn't jibe ...