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THE TRUTH BY JENNIFER SMITH

Thank goodness
for good friends
as we age.

THE TRUTH ABOUT

FEMALE LONGEVITY

Anyone who has visited a retirement home knows it:
Women live longer than men. The reasons why are
not as obvious

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Women have always had
longer life spans than men.

FALSE. Beltran-Sanchez used
data back to the 1700s to examine
the life-span disparity and found
that women began to live longer
than men beginning in the 1800s.
"We tend to think this is something
that has been happening throughout
our history, but [it wasn't] until we
looked at this data that we realized
that it's fairly recent."
Researchers found that in the late
1800s, men began dying of heart disease (and stroke) at a greater rate
as female death rates decreased.

PHOTO BY GETTY/E+

Women: They outlive, they outlast. Globally, women have
an average life expectancy that's about 4.6 years longer
than men's. And they live longer than men in every country in the world. It's been known for years, but scientists still are trying to figure out exactly why it is. Here, Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD,
a researcher who focuses on demographics and health, helps us sort
out what we know and have recently come to understand about
female longevity.

TRUE OR FALSE:



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