Men could be living as long as women

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It appears the gap between male and female life expectancy is closing and men could be living as long as women, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Prof Les Mayhew said the difference between the sexes peaked at nearly six years in the 1970’s. Life expectancy  is increasing all round however for men  they are increasing faster. A contributory factor being more and more men are giving up smoking.

Prof Mayhew was analysing life expectancy data in England and Wales and working out how long 30-year-olds could expect to live.

His findings show men languishing far behind for decades, but now starting to get closer to women. If current trends continue, Prof Mayhew predicts, both sexes could, on average, be living to the age of 87 in 2030.

Graph of life expectancies

Male life expectancy at 30 has jumped by about six years and if it jumps by the same amount in the next 20 years it will converge with female life expectancy.”

Other factors are thought to be safer, more office-based, jobs. Millions of men used to work in hazardous occupations such as coal mining. Healthcare has also meant more men are living longer.

People with heart disease, which is more common in men, can expect to live much longer than they did a few decades ago.

By contrast, women started smoking later than men. Rates of lung cancer are increasing in women and decreasing in men. Men are becoming better behav

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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