Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Life Expectancy For Women Not Making Same Gains As With Men, Actually Decreasing
It has long been the case that women outlive males by about four years, leading to stale jokes about nagging and marriage in general beckoning males to an earlier grave.
But a new study reveals that the fairer sex is losing ground when it comes to life expectancy, and even in wealthy countries, are in some cases experiencing shorter lifespans than their forebears. A report released on April 19th from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington cited some sobering statistics within the US, noting that life expectancy for men was up 4.6 years for men, compared with 2.7 for women. Depending on location, the average range was 66 to 82 years for males, versus 734 to 86 years for women.
Ali Mokdad led the team of researchers and says that heed should be paid to the findings:
“A gain in life expectancy should be equal among men and women… This is a wake-up call for all of us. It’s tragic that in a country as wealthy as the United States, and with all the medical expertise we have, that so many girls will live shorter lives than their mothers.”
According to the study, the reversal in life expectancy trends for women seemed to begin around 1999.