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Old 06-13-2010, 03:13 PM   #21
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That's a very interesting search engine/web site.
Seemingly contradictory factoids:
1) At young ages, people in the UK have a longer average life expectancy that people in the US.
BUT
2) If you live in the US and you are at least 20 years old, there's a better than 80% chance that you'll live to be 70. AND, people who are seventy in the US can expect to have longer lives than people who are seventy in the UK. (85.24 years in US vs 85.21 years in the UK).

After age 70, people in the US continue to have a longer life expectancy than those in the UK. At age 90, the average American can expect to live about 7 months longer than the average UK citizen who is 90.
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At age 90, the average American can expect to live about 7 months longer than the average UK citizen who is 90.
But how does the quality of life compare? Are they on life support?

So many numbers yet so little information!
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But how does the quality of life compare? Are they on life support?

So many numbers yet so little information!
It's hard to know. But I'd say that apparently most people, after evaluating everything about their life situation, want those extra seven months. If not, they could vote with their feet the plug and the numbers would be equal.
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Rather than speculating as to whether the UK looks at live birth different from us, I used WolframAlpha to find some age 10 stats. The UK (80.27) still beats the US (78.56).

us life expectancy at age 10 - Wolfram|Alpha

uk life expectancy at age 10 - Wolfram|Alpha

The age 5 differences from age 10 were not significant.
So, the govt should let us have all the happy meals, cigarettes, salt, alcoho, etc, that we want, without regulating it!!
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So, the govt should let us have all the happy meals, cigarettes, salt, alcoho, etc, that we want, without regulating it!!
And then there's exercise. Sometimes when I am feeling grumpy and disgruntled, I wonder if a sedentary dog who sleeps in the sun half the day dies any earlier than an active dog of the same breed who spends most of every day running around, like some hunting dogs for example. But then, I reluctantly remember that most dogs probably exercise more than most people anyway, so the comparison is meaningless. I guess.
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So, the govt should let us have all the happy meals, cigarettes, salt, alcoho, etc, that we want, without regulating it!!
Agree.

Though it has been more than 20 years since I lived on the "three basic foodgroups" ---- nicotine, caffeine and alcohol, I still think the gummint should butt out of people's lives and their lunch pails.

It would sure improve the remaining funds in Social Security.
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It would sure improve the remaining funds in Social Security.
Yea but now there is the added healthcare expenses.
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