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Spain to Beat Japan in World Life Expectancy League Table for 2040

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

The world life expectancy numbers are out and, once again, the U.S. will take a lower spot on the pole; in fact, it will plummet 20 spots, going from 43rd to 64th, according to The Guardian. On the other hand, Spain, with its reputation for following a Mediterranean diet, will have the longest life expectancy, and even beat out Japan, which will fall to second, mainly because of Japanese men’s smoking habits and the fact that obesity has become a problem for them too.

While the U.S., like the U.K., has problems with heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s that contribute to lowering life expectancy, another factor contributing to the U.S. plummeting numbers is the country’s ongoing opioid epidemic, officials said.

This is basically what we learned last year, when researchers said that for the first time in two decades, life expectancy in the U.S. was dropping. Along with the out-of-control drug addiction that is adding to the equation, you can’t escape the fact that Americans are chronically ill, and for the most part it’s our diets that are to blame.

When you consider that the U.S. spends more than $3 trillion on health care each year, but is still the worst performing system ranked by multiple aspects of care, you certainly do have a recipe for disaster — in other words, a short life. The upside to this is that you don’t need the health care system to give you a longer life.

Reclaiming your health is not rocket science: You can do this for yourself, right now, by choosing to take control of your own health, beginning with your diet. The notion that your body needs to regularly consume glucose for energy has become a deeply ingrained myth. As a result of this misguided advice, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer prevalence have all spiked, burgeoning into national if not global epidemics — and contributing to a lower life expectancy.

The truth is, most long-term low-fat, high-carb diets make a greater contribution to disease than most people are willing to even consider. As I explain in my book, “Fat for Fuel,” and my upcoming book, “Superfuel,” you can turn your life around by giving up sugars, cutting back on carbs and eliminating processed foods and learning to burn fat for fuel.

Since about 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut, another positive step toward better health is to improve your gut health with fermented foods. One way to get started is through the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional Program, which is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining by providing your body with the necessary building blocks that can restore balance to your gut flora.

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