Researchers looked at 17 high income countries to evaluate trends in national mortality.
In the UK there has been a drop of a few months in life expectancy for both men and women over the age of 65. Degenerative diseases were the main cause such as respiratory disease, circulatory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, nervous system disease and mental disorders.
In the USA drug overdoses were responsible for the decline in life expectancy.
The study looked at mortality between 2014 and 2015. A sixty five year old in the UK at that time would have been born in 1950, after the start of the NHS.
We will need to wait to see if this trend will reverse or not.
British Medical Journal. UK life expectancy drops while other western countries improve. National Health Services. 2018 August 16.