It seems that Europeans are living longer but this progress is threatened to stop or reverse by certain risks, such as undervaccination and obesity, according to what health officials said. This comes from a European health report which was released by the World Health Organization this Tuesday.
The average lifespan of the Europeans obtained another year over the course of five years. In 2010 the average lifespan was 76.7 years and in 2015 it raised to 77.8 years. The latter number has a risk of uncertainty because not all European countries reported their data. Dr. Claudia Stein stated that “people live longer, life expectancies are increasing, and premature mortality is falling — and that, of course, is a great health message”.
Dr. Stein is the director of the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation at the European WHO Regional Office and she personally oversaw the report. Practically all the countries in the region display this increase, although it is not shown equally across all countries. There are large gaps shown by the data between certain countries.
For example, Moldova has the lowest life expectancy, 72 years which is a difference of 11.4 years when compared to Luxembourg which had the greatest life expectancy in 2015, 83 years. Also, it seems that women outlive men by 6.6 years, averaging 81.2 years as opposed to the 74.6 years lived by men.
The boost in the European lifespan doesn’t come alone as maternal and infant mortality have decreased in recent years and another reason is represented by some countries having the highest life satisfaction level on the globe.
Stein remains reserved because she knows that there are health risks which could undermine all the great work performed these last years. The region shows an increased prevalence for overweight and also smoking, which could stall or reverse the gains in these countries.