Sunday, 8 March 2009

Men 'will close life expectancy gender gap by 2035'

The death gap is closing between men and women. An article in the Telegraph reported that US researchers are predicting that within two generations husbands can expect to die at the same age as their wives.

Women have traditionally outlived men due in part to the increased mortality rates of "masculine" careers like the military and mining.But with the West at peace, dangerous careers on the decline and men increasingly willing to improve their diets and seek early medical advice, male life expectancy is increasing at a faster rate.

Scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta in the US said that the gender gap for life expectancy will have vanished for children born in 2035, if current trends continue. One explanation is that men have reduced their smoking a lot and women, particularly young women, have been more resistant. Any other thoughts??

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