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Tibetans see increasing life expectancy
09:05, July 12, 2012  

Lhamo, a 76-year-old woman living in the Wabaling community in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, hopes she can live to the age of 90.

Although the hardy conditions of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau make it difficult for most people to live there, local Tibetans have seen their life expectancy increase in recent years due to enhanced living standards and improved medical conditions.

Their average lifespan has risen from 35.5 years to the present 67 years, while the total population in the region has increased from 1 million to more than 3 million today.

"Eating more vegetables and having a healthy lifestyle helps us live longer," said Jamyang Tsozom, 66, a resident of the village of Korqag in Ngari prefecture.

Tsozom said he never ate any green leafy vegetables when he was a child. But people in his village have started to learn how to grow greenhouse vegetables in recent years.

"I am getting older, but healthier," he said.

Improvements in medical services have also helped to raise Tibet's average life expectancy.

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(Editor:陈丽丹、姚春)

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