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Longer Life Comes With Risk of More Illnesses, Study Says

First the good news: people are living longer than they did 20 years ago. The bad news? The extra years are marred by illness, according to the largest study of global health trends in history.

Over the last two decades, life expectancy rose to 67.5 from 62.8 for men and 73.3 from 68.1 for women worldwide, the study, published in the journal The Lancet today, found. Still, the gap between years lived and the number of those years in which people enjoy good health widened, to 9.2 for men and 11.5 for women.