Though it isn’t necessarily the ten thousand years aimed for whenever Chinese people wish each other a long life, 82 years and six months still isn’t half bad. Shanghai’s residents topped the list of longest life expectancy at birth of anywhere in China last year, with the figure of 82.51 years setting a new national record, according to the Shanghai Health Bureau.
The number is more than 9 months longer than the 81.73 life expectancy figure for Shanghai residents in 2009, and significantly longer than the 74.84 average life expectancy for China as a whole.
Shanghai’s 82.51 years also tops Hong Kong’s rate of 82.12 years, according to the CIA World Factbook, which would give Shanghai the 6th-longest life expectancy in the world, and the 4th longest in Asia, after Macau, Japan and Singapore.
The Shanghai Daily also reports that the city’s maternal mortality rate has also improved since 2010, with the number falling from 9.61 per 100,000 in 2010 to 7.36 per 100,000 last year, a figure on par with more developed countries.
Meanwhile, the infant mortality rate has also improved, with the figure standing at 5.70 per 1000, a significant drop from the 6.58 per 1000 figure in 2009. Contributing factors to the improvement in infant and maternal mortality include improved health care, better health education and widening exposure to prenatal care.
So even though we might freak out over the various cancer-giving food products, at least we can be assured that Shanghai’s medical care is arguably getting on par with the healthcare systems of more developed nations. Huzzah!