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Indians feel older earlier than Japanese, Swiss: Study

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

People living in experience the problems associated with at an early stage than those living in or Switzerland, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in Public

Researchers at the in the US and colleagues found that a 30-year gap separates countries with the highest and lowest ages at which people experience the problems of a 65-year-old.

They found 76-year-olds in and Switzerland, and 46-year-olds in have the same level of age-related health problems as an "average" person aged 65.

The analysis also found that people living in experience the similar health problems well before they turn 60.

"These disparate findings show that increased life expectancy at older ages can either be an opportunity or a threat to the overall welfare of populations, depending on the ageing-related health problems the population experiences regardless of chronological age," said Angela Y Chang, of the study and postdoctoral fellow at the in the US.

"Age-related health problems can lead to early retirement, a smaller workforce, and higher health spending. Government leaders and other stakeholders influencing need to consider when people begin suffering the negative effects of ageing," Chang said in a statement.

These negative effects include impaired functions and loss of physical, mental, and cognitive abilities resulting from the 92 conditions analysed, five of which are communicable and 81 non-communicable, along with six

The study is the first of its kind, according to Chang. Where traditional metrics of examine increased longevity, this study explores both chronological age and the pace at which contributes to health deterioration.

The study uses estimates from the Global Burden of (GBD).

The researchers measured "burden" by aggregating all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), a measurement of loss of healthy life, related to the 92

Although most countries have similar rankings between age-standardised, age related and all-burden rates, countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, and perform better in burden relative to all burden.

Countries such as and are performing better in all-burden rankings, researchers said.

The findings cover 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries and territories.

For example, in 2017, people in had the world's highest rate of age-related health problems with more than 500 DALYs per 1,000 adults, four times that of people in with just over 100 DALYs per 1,000 adults.

The rate in the US was 161.5 DALYs per 1,000, giving it a ranking of 53rd, between at 52nd with 161.0 DALYs per 1,000 and at 54th with 164.8 DALYs per 1,000.

Using global average 65-year-olds as a reference group, Chang and other researchers also estimated the ages at which the population in each country experienced the same related burden rate.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 15:30 IST