Longer lives posing new challenges

Nonetheless, our life expectancy continues to increase. Yes, life expectancy for people born in 1900 was under 50 years of age. Thanks to advances in medicine and public health, that rose to 68 by 1950. Today, life expectancy is 76 for men and 81 for
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Are men about to live longer than women?

Elderly man living longer Men living longer than women now seems like a distinct possibility according to a range of studies and statistics.

For example, a study by Professor Les Mayhew of the UK Office for National Statistics, proposes that male life expectancy is increasing at a greater rate than that of women. Key factors include less men working in heavy industry, lower rates of smoking and improved health care, especially for heart disease.

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Men are also increasing their life expectancy at a higher rate than women according to a 2011 study by Dr Chris Murray of the Institute for Health Metric and Evaluation at the University of Washington.  Again, smoking is a factor with far more women smoking relative to men, obesity rates becoming higher in women and increasing rates of heart disease among women.

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Similar results have come out from the insurance industry.  Research suggests the “ladette” culture of smoking and boozing are thought to be making a significant impact on the life expectancy of women.  The lifespan gap between men and women has also decreased.

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