10 - Australian Health Statistics

chronic disease in Australia

Australian Health Statistics

How’s your health?

Good, very good?

… you’re not alone… 80% of a Australians rate their own health as good or very good, sounds good right?... However… 

Australian government statistics report:

  • 75% of Australians have a chronic illness that will last for at least 6 months or more...
  • 2 out of 3 Victorian workers are at risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetes…

 So, if 75% of people have chronic health problems, yet 80% of people rate their health as good or very good… what’s going on? 

Well, the majority of Australians FEEL fine, but have underlying health problems that are jeopardizing their quality of life and lifespan itself. Problems like high blood pressure (1 in 3 adults), high cholesterol (1 in 2 adults), or diabetes / pre- diabetes (1 in 6 adults)…

Here’s something else to consider:

Currently, the average Australian lifespan is about 80 years. Almost every longevity expert in the world suggests that on average humans could live to 120 years while staying relatively healthy and able, (in fact some experts suggest that lifespans of 130 -150 are possible – I personally think we should wait until more than 1 person in recorded history has lived 120 years before we worry about living to 130, let alone 150!)…

But, before we dismiss that possibility completely, we should remember that the average lifespan in Australia in 1800 was only 37, and in 1900 it was only 54...

I’m sure if you suggested to someone in 1800 that in 2012 people would live an average of 80 years they would have said it was not possible...

Do you know, if you live to 64 that statistically you will live on average to be 80 and if you live to 81 that you, statistically on average, live to 85, and if you live to 86 you will, statistically on average, live to be 92!

But it’s not just about length of life, is it? It’s also about quality of life. Currently in our 80 years, it is reported that we have on average 64 “healthy years” followed by 16 years of “disability and disease”… which suggests that we are achieving only about 53% (about half) of our potential for a healthy life (64 healthy years out of 120 possible years)…

So what’s the point of all these statistics and numbers?

It’s to realize that, if these statistics are accurate, then we are only living about half (53%) of our potential for a long healthy life…

And by the way, these statistics are not getting better, they are getting worse, for the first time in generations, there are children being born today that have shorter life expectancies that their parents…

And to realize, this also means, there is a HUGE theoretical potential for us to live a significantly longer, healthier life…

Am I suggesting we can all live, completely healthy, to 120?

No, but I’d like to think we could, on average, squeeze out a bit more than just 64 healthy years…

Can we really do better, in real life?

Medical researchers say YES!

How?

That’s what we’ll cover in the next few blog posts. One activity is estimated to reduce risk of illness and disease by up to 30-50%, and delay, age related, physical disability from 64 to 80 years of age. Do you know what it is? Keep following these blog posts so you can find out…

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