New research has revealed that men in the UK can expect to live more than six years longer than they did in 1990.
Life expectancy for British men jumped from 72.9 years to 79.1 years during that time, beating the global average increase of 5.8 years.
The Global Burden of Disease Study, also found that UK women, while still living longer, saw a lower-than-average increase, from 78.4 to 82.8.
That is well below the 6.6-year average increase.
Why have we see this change?
Experts say it is down to improvements in diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes have contributed to death rates dropping.
Lead author Dr Christopher Murray, professor of global health at the University of Washington, US, said: ‘The progress we are seeing against a variety of illnesses and injuries is good, even remarkable, but we can and must do even better.”
More and more of us are aware of the importance of a healthy diet, exercising and keeping the brain active.
It seems living a balanced lifestyle can certainly help people to enjoy a higher quality of life into old age.
Although this is good news to hear for parents, it is still important to remember to monitor the activities of your children for their future.
Last month, a major new long-term study said one in five children born in the UK at the beginning of the new century were obese by the age of 11.