Unit 6 Exercise 1

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How long will I live for?

Everyone wonders about this from time to time, However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has figures for average life expectancy from the earliest times.

Thousands of years ago, in pre-history, there were many dangers and . The Ancient Egyptians, in around 3000 BCE, had an average life expectancy of 25. Although , the Ancient Greeks only lived for an extra three years. In around 0 CE, at the time of the Roman Empire, people died at 28 on average.

In the Middle Ages, around 1400 CE, a wider variety of food was available and . The average continued to rise over the next 200 years. In the Renaissance, at the time of Michelangelo, most people lived until they were 37.

During the Victorian Age, from around 1850 CE, doctors began to save many more children at birth and

By the beginning of the 20th century, average life expectancy was 50, but . The reason was cleaner houses, cleaner water and a better diet. By 1950 CE, the average age of death was 65.

Thanks to further medical advances, particularly the use of antibiotics, life expectancy continued to rise. At the start of the 21st century, it was 79.

What about the future? Life expectancy is still rising, but . By 2050 CE, scientists predict that it will be 85, but .