5 Amazing medical discoveries that can increase life expectancy

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 05, 2015

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According to WHO, life expectancy of humans has increased globally by 6 years since 1990. Here are some of the discoveries that made it possible.
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    Probiotic supplements

    It is worth noting that probiotic supplements have helped keep millions of people around the globe stay healthy and significantly reduce risk of diseases. This is because probiotic or friendly bacteria help the body to produce enzymes that can help in identifying, digesting and delivering nutrients to cells, which is otherwise not naturally possible because we are always exposed to anti-probiotic things in our environment.

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    All thanks to the bold idea of using some disease to prevent another by Benjamin Jesty, vaccines have helped prevent several highly infectious diseases including diphtheria, measles, smallpox and pertussis. Without vaccines, the life expectancy would not have increased as much as it has over the past few decades.

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    When Alexander Fleming found a mold that killed bacteria, he paved way for the invention of penicillin, the first antibiotic. Penicillin has been helpful in preventing spread of life threatening infections and diseases, allowing life expectancy to rise.

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    When Louis Pasteur’s figured out that germs cause illness, it set the foundation of staying clean and germ free. Soaps have helped masses to get rid of germs and maintain personal hygiene, keeping various diseases at bay.

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    Blood pressure treatment

    Abnormal blood pressure has been one of the biggest causes of death over decades, however the introduction of blood pressure treatment has helped reduce risk of death by double digits for several people.

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    Discovery of insulin has made it a lot easier to manage diabetes that used to be a fatal disease. Millions of people worldwide manage their diabetes with insulin today. Image Source: Getty

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