A Professor of Anatomy, Oladapo Ashiru, has said that changes in lifestyle could increase the life expectancy of Nigerians.
The World Health Organisation, in its 2018 data, pegged the average life expectancy for Nigerians to 55 years, with males born in Nigeria in 2018 expected to live approximately 54.7 years and females expected to live approximately 55.7 years in good health.
The data indicated that Nigeria attained the 178th position out of 192 countries listed on the World Life Expectancy ranking.
According to the data, the leading causes of death listed included influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhoeal diseases, stroke, HIV/AIDS, coronary heart disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, diabetes mellitus, maternal conditions, malaria, breast cancer, meningitis, cervical cancer, lung disease and low birth weight, among others.
In an interview with our correspondent, Ashiru, however, said that aside from the causes listed by the WHO, environmental toxins, air pollution, consuming excess fruits and sugar were some of the reasons life expectancy had reduced to 55 years in Nigeria.
“Our environment is highly polluted, a lot of toxins are being released into the air and people take too much of sugar, sweets and excess fruits. These could contribute majorly to the life expectancy reducing as submitted by the WHO,” Ashiru said.
Describing stress as another major factor contributing to life expectancy in Nigeria, he noted, “Many Nigerians pass through stress on a daily basis, they spend so much time in traffic without having enough time to rest when they get back home.”
Ashiru called on Government at all levels to make life meaningful for the people so that life expectancy would increase in the country.
“When government provides electricity for the people, there would not be a need for generator which provides fumes and causes air pollution; the people would not be stressed again when government makes life meaningful for them and these would, in turn, make life more,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to do more exercise, sleep right, watch what they eat and drink so they could pass the life expectancy benchmark set by the WHO.
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