Scientists: Age 72 Really Is the New 30

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 08:50 AM

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Thanks to advances in modern health care and medicines, humans are healthier now in their 70s than our ancestors were in their 30s, according to German researchers.

That means 72 is the new 30, say scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, who studied the death rates of hunter-gatherers whose lifestyles have remained the same for generations.

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Researchers studied tribal people of South America, Australia, the Philippines, and Africa and found that at the age of 30, they had the same chance of dying as 72-year-olds from Japan.

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