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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“We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.” So says Peter Schnohr, a Danish researcher who has completed a significant study on the relationship between longer life and jogging.

Some newspapers and other media previously suggested that perhaps jogging was too dangerous for middle aged men, after a few died while running. It was thought that jogging could put too much strain on the heart. However Schnohr’s study strongly suggests otherwise.

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