India Has Gained A Decade Of Life Expectancy Since 1990: Lancet Study

India has gained more than a decade of life expectancy since 1990, but there are wide inequalities between states, according to a new study which assessed more than 286 causes of death and 369 diseases and injuries in more than 200 countries and territories across the world.

The study, published in the Lancet journal, noted that life expectancy in India has risen from 59.6 years in 1990 to 70.8 years in 2019, ranging from 77.3 years in Kerala to 66.9 years in Uttar Pradesh.

However, the researchers, including Srinivas Goli from the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar, said the increase in ‘healthy life expectancy’ in India has not been as dramatic as the growth of life expectancy since “people are living more years with illness and disability.

“The main improvement we see in almost every country, including in India, is a decline in infectious diseases and more rise in chronic diseases,” study co-author Ali Mokdad from the University of Washington in the US told news agency Press Trust of India.

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