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Old age catches us much earlier in India than in Japan, says study

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If you are living in India, it is likely you may develop negative effects of ageing at an early age than if you were living in Japan or Switzerland, a scientific study has revealed.

However, the study noted that countries such as China and India are performing better in all age-related disease burden rankings.

A 30-year-gap separates countries with the highest and lowest ages at which people experience the health problems of a 65-year-old, according to a paper published in the The Lancet Health.

Researchers found 76-year-olds in Japan and 46-year-olds in Papua New Guinea have the same level of age-related health problems as an “average” person aged 65.

India ranks 159th on age-related burden rate and 138th on age-related disease burden rate.

France (76 years) was third, Singapore fourth (76 years) and Kuwait fifth (75.3 years) in the age-related disease burden rankings. At 68.5 years, the United States ranked 54th, between Iran (69 years) and Antigua and Barbuda (68.4 years).

“The findings show increased life expectancy at older ages can either be an opportunity or a threat to the overall welfare of population, depending on the ageing-related health problems the population experiences regardless of chronological age,” said Angela Y Chang, lead author from the University of Washington.

The study covered the period of 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries and territories.

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