Science life expectancy women 2012

Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


Life Expectancy For Women Not Making Same Gains As With Men, Actually Decreasing

life expectancy women 2012

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.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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