Why do women live much longer?

What do you see? An old woman or a young one?

I came across this interesting snippet in Newsweek sometime back, and it mentions how 68 of the 72 known ’supercentenarians’ (people 110 years and older) are female. This, despite the fact that there are more boys than girls born each year! Hmm. Here are some reasons why, according to sources such as American Heart Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

1. The Danger Years: The difference between male and female death rates peaks between ages 20 and 24 – during which men are six times as likely to be murdered and five times as likely to die of a non-automobile accident.

2. Toxic Testosterone: This male hormone increases levels of bad cholesterol and decreases levels of good cholesterol, while female estrogen does just the opposite.

3. Gunplay: Whether it’s homicide, suicide, or by accident, men are five times more likely to die by firearms than women.

4. Drop-dead Diseases: Fatal conditions like cancer and heart disease are common among men, while women are more likely to suffer from chronic non-fatal conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders.

5. Overwhelming Emotions: The tendency to ignore signs of depression and emotional distress may account for the fact that, between the ages of 75 and 79, men are nine times more likely to commit suicide.

How you can use this blog entry:

Paper 1 (Gender issues)


~ by irwin on May 26, 2010.

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