The new 72 that feels like 30. Really?
Scientists say that human longevity has improved so rapidly over the past century that 72 is the new 30.
Researchers (in Germany) said progress in lowering the odds of death has been so rapid since 1900 that life expectancy has risen faster than it did in the previous 200 millennia since modern man began to evolve.
The pace of increase in life expectancy has left industrialized economies unprepared for the cost of providing retirement income to so many for so long.
The study looked at Swedish and Japanese men – two countries with the longest life expectancies today.
It concluded that their counterparts in 1800 would have had life spans that were closer to those of the earliest hunter-gatherer humans than they would to adult men in both countries today.
Those primitive hunter gatherers, at age 30, had the same odds of dying as a modern Swedish or Japanese man would face at 72.