SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF 61 YEARS

A child born in South Africa in 2015 can expect to live to the age of 61, while a child born ten years earlier in 2005 has a life expectancy of 55, according to the latest Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) study.

However, the report warns that South Africa’s increasing life expectancy is threatened by the increase in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

Professor Charles Shey Wiysonge, a GBD collaborator from South Africa, based at Stellenbosch University near Cape Town, says the same political commitment displayed in turning the tide against HIV/AIDs is now needed to tackle lifestyle diseases.

He says the proposed sugar tax is an important step. From a technical point of view, there are good initiatives. We need to take that kind of leadership,” he adds.

“We should also know there are policies like that and there is going to be resistance. There are going to be sacrifices and we need to do that for the good of our children, for the future of our children.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK