On the other hand, as the elimination of chronic diseases would lead to an increase in the percentage of DFLE in LE, a relative compression of morbidity would be expected (also at percentages far below those found among women).
Analyzing studies carried out in other countries, the elimination of chronic diseases would lead to the compression of morbidity in some situations (24).
The results in Tables 5 and 6 indicate that the long-term trends in the compression of morbidity applied to females as well as males, consistent with the short-term trends in Table 7 and in Hubert et al.
E, 1980, Aging, Natural Death, and the Compression of Morbidity, New England Journal of Medicine, 303(3): 130-135.
If, as the evidence seems to show, aging is a cumulative process of "wear and tear" in response to environmental demands, this era of stagnant, and perhaps downward, mobility could reverse the compression of morbidity (Seeman et al.
The health status of younger people also suggests that the compression of morbidity could be reversed.