72 is the new 30: Scientists claim healthcare and medicine extends keep us younger for longer

by ANNA HODGEKISS and MARTIN ROBINSON, Daily Mail  |  published on February 27, 2013

Humans are now living so much longer than a century ago that 72 should now be considered ‘the new 30′, a study has found.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, says life expectancy is rising faster than it has for 200 millennia, when our ancestors the Hominids walked the planet.

Scientists say that modern healthcare and medicines mean we are healthier in our seventies now than when our ancestors were starting their thirties.

Researchers have studied the death rates of hunter-gatherers whose way of life has not changed for generations.

They looked at tribal people in Australia, Africa, South America and the Philippines and found that at 30-years-old, these people had the same chance of dying as Japanese people aged 72.

Comparing hunter gatherers with the long-lived Japanese, the authors led by Dr Oskar Burger, wrote: ‘Hunter-gatherers at age 30 have the same probability of death as present-day Japanese at the age of 72.’

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