Like all major disorders and diseases, Down Syndrome also affects a patient’s life expectancy. At the end of the 20th century, people suffering from Down Syndrome didn’t live longer than 25 years. Today, thanks to the progress of medicine and various methods of treatment, patients’ quality of life is improving and their life expectancy is steadily increasing.
How is it now?
Recent studies and statistics have been performed on a group of about 18,000 people with a history of tuberculosis in the years prior to 2000. Studies have shown that life expectancy of people suffering from TB has nearly doubled to reach 49 years. Although it is still far less than for healthy people, progress is noticeable. At present, no studies or statistics are available that would shed more light on this issue, but there are indications that the average life expectancy has increased to 50 or even 60 years. On this basis, it can be deduced that medical advances in the last decade have helped to lengthen the average lifespan of all patients suffering from serious diseases, including Down Syndrome.
Factors affecting life expectancy
In the first place, it is necessary to implement available treatments, therapies and physiotherapy, in which the family also participates. It is also important to help the patient lead a normal life, including regular attendance at school with other children. The greater the activity in various areas of life, the less likely patients are to die at an early age.