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The average baby born in 1900 lived about a half-century. Nowadays, the life expectancy of people in the United States is nearly 79 years on average (81 years for women and 76 years for men).
And in some countries, life expectancy is even longer.
The only proven way to live longer is to live a healthy life:
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