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Why Women Have Longer Life Spans Than Men

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Tom Perl, the founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University told Time Magazine that 85 percent of people over 100 years old are women. Generally, women tend to outlive men around the world, and Fort Myers, FL, home care professionals discuss some of the reasons why.

Better Cardiovascular Health

In many cultures and communities, heart disease is the most common cause of death. According to the World Health Organization, around 17 million people die every year from heart disease and its side effects. A study funded by the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Open Laboratory has determined estrogen seems to reduce a woman’s risk of heart disease until menopause. 

Enhanced Immune System

While more research is needed, doctors have discovered sex hormones such as estrogen might also impact immune health. Women who have higher estrogen levels produce more white blood cells known as lymphocytes. These cells are the first line of defense against countless diseases and illnesses. Many of these benefits seem to disappear when a woman goes through menopause and produces less estrogen. 

Different Lifestyle Habits

Women tend to engage in fewer activities that are hazardous to their health. In addition to staying safe during the younger years, women are less likely to smoke cigarettes and abuse alcohol, which drastically reduces the risk of health complications such as lung cancer, oral cancer, and emphysema. 

Additional Theories

Even numbers collected from hundreds of years ago seem to confirm women have lived longer than men. Lifestyle habits and genetics definitely play a major role, but it appears biological differences are also important. Many of the unique hormones and chemicals women produce in higher quantities act as additional layers of protection during the childbearing years. As people grow older, mortality rates between the two sexes slowly begin to balance out.

Everyone can make healthier lifestyle choices, and these findings can motivate your loved one to work toward better health regardless of gender. For more information on seniors and longevity, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in and respite care Fort Myers seniors can count on, and we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia in-home care. Contact a Care Manager at 239.449.4701 to learn about our flexible senior care programs, which can be tailored to meet your loved one’s needs.