Do Men Live Longer Than Women?

Do Men Live Longer Than Women?

by Dr. Michael B. Finkelstein, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.B.H.M.
posted on March 17th 2010

Coronary artery disease (CAD) kills five times as many men as women up until the age of fifty and is three times higher among men who are clinically depressed. Male suicides outnumber female suicides in every age group. 

Homicide and suicide are among the top three causes for death among males between the ages of 15 and 34. Automobile deaths are more common in men. By the age of 85, women outnumber men in the U.S. 2.2 to 1; this rises to 3 to 1 if they reach their 90’s. 

When you throw in the fact that historically more men have died in wars, it seems like men just don’t, or perhaps can’t, live longer than women. 

So can men live longer than women? The answer is yes.

Those men who take care of themselves throughout their lives; by eating well, staying active and dealing with stress have a far greater chance of surviving into their 90’s on par with women. An individual man who does this and maintains healthy relationships is also far more likely to be happy. 

Even when you consider the power of genetics, the effects these lifestyle choices have on their expression, and thus what actually happens to you, is altered in your favor. So there is really no excuse to mope around feeling sorry about your “y” chromosome. If you want to live longer, all you need to do, as one famous campaign said, is just do it. Still, this will not happen by itself, so you need to get out there and take charge of your life. First, adjust your attitude about the possibilities, and then learn more about the healthier and smarter choices you can make. That’s why we’re here. As you read more and take in more of the conceptual ideas presented on these pages, you will find it easier to modify your behavior and live up to your true potential no matter what the statistics say.

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