2016-12-21 / Mideast

Military service aids longevity

Compulsory military service added three years to the life expectancy of Israeli men, according to a new study. The study released by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Jerusalem compared data from 130 countries.

After controlling for variables that typically influence longevity, the study concluded that only 80 percent of the variance in life expectancy between Israel and the other countries could be explained by factors such as wealth, health care expenditures, educational levels and others. When the researchers controlled for the rate of military spending and length of service among the countries, the gap between Israel and the others shrank nearly to zero.

In 2013, Israeli men had a projected lifespan of 80.6 years compared to 77.7 among men living in the member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The world average life expectancy for men was 68.8. (JTA)

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