SOUTH KOREA - Life Expectancy on the Rise

Arno Froese

By 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said.

Other developed countries are not far behind: the longevity of French and Japanese women [is] more likely than not to stretch past 88 years.

Nations boasting the greatest longevity among men by 2030—84 years in each case—will likely be South Korea, Australia and Switzerland, according to the study.

Among 35 well-off countries examined, life expectancy was predicted to increase across the board over the next 15 years.

The South Korean success story is built on broad gains in economic status, along with improved child nutrition and broad access to health care and modern medical technology, the study noted.

In the United States, by contrast, life expectancy at birth is currently below most other high-income countries, and is poised to fall even further behind.

Of the 35 wealthy OECD nations, the US is the only one not to have universal health care, which the researchers identified as the “cornerstone” of other countries’ strategies for reducing adult mortality.

Outside periods of war or famine, life expectancy in wealthy nations has risen almost continuously since the 19th century, from roughly 50 to 80 years.

-afp.com, 22 February 2017

Arno's commentary

Rich countries have one thing in common: technology. The original curse, addressed to Adam: “Cursed is the ground for thy sake” is being made irrelevant by mechanized agriculture and fertilizer. And “thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee” is being taken care of by herbicides and pesticides. Thus, the virtual overproduction of food, as indicated by some statistics, placing waste as high as 50%. The abundance of high quality food is adding years to life expectancy. However, whether poor or rich, it does not change Hebrews 9:27: “…It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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