|Based on my direct line of ancestors|
In doing my research, I have found that many ancestors have lived to a ripe old age, well beyond average, so these results surprised me. At a recent family reunion on my mothers side, we had four relatives attend who were over age 90, which didn't include my grandmother, who lived until she was age 96. It is the several ancestors who have died of heart attacks in their 50s, which brings the average down. When I took out the male and female who were the youngest when they died, the life expectancy only came up a few years, to age 80.
I feel that I take after my mothers side of the family, where the life expectancy for a female is age 85 compared to age 81 on my fathers side of the family (excluding the youngest to die).
The pie chart below shows the causes of death for my direct line of ancestors.
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So how does this compare to averages? Lung & Respiratory issues and Heart issues meet Australian averages but Cancer and Stroke are below Australian averages. Although several family members have had a stroke, it has not been a major cause of death in the direct family. Two of my uncles died of cancer but surprisingly it has not been a significant cause of death among my direct line of ancestors.
The graph below is from information obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010 figures).
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|10% of my direct line ancestors have lived past age 90|
After all this talk about death, it is time for me to get off the couch and go for a walk, to reduce the chance of having heart or respiratory problems!
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