Latest study ranks Italy as healthiest country

LUMINOSITY ITALIA

Using data from the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, the latest annual study by Bloomberg News ranks Italy as the healthiest country on earth.

The 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries said Italy supplanted last year’s top ranked-country Singapore for the No 1 spot as the Asian nation fell to No. 4. Rounding out the top five were Iceland (2), Switzerland (3) and Australia (5).
Italy most healthy globally
Scientific studies have found that a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

With universal health care, a Mediterranean diet, an abundance of well-trained doctors and a population keen on medical issues, Italy has long ranked as one of the healthiest in the world.

The U.S. ranked very poorly in the index in 34th place behind countries is such as Cuba (31), Lebanon (32) and Costa Rica (33).

Each country in the index was graded based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks ranging from high blood pressure and tobacco use to malnutrition and the availability of clean water.

Scientific studies have found that a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

According to World Health Organization statistics from 2015, Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world (83.7 years) followed in the top five by Switzerland (83.7), Singapore (83.1), Australia (82.8) and Spain (82.8). Italy ranked 7th at 82.7 years.

Italy is now home to the oldest person in the world, Emma Morano born on Nov 29, 1899, the last known living person to have been born in the 1800s.

Morano is the oldest Italian person ever, the second-oldest European ever behind Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment and one of the five verified oldest people of all time.