It's been known that women live longer than men, which according to the Social Security website, is 86.6 years for women and 84.3 years for men. But what's with the discrepancy?
A University of Southern California study published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States found a few explanations by analyzing people born between 1800 and 1935 from 13 developed nations.
USC Professor of Gerontology Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D., and her team found that, surprisingly, heart disease — a condition that affects a ton of women — was and is a main factor. Smoking accounted for 30 perfect of the difference.
When it comes down to it, an unhealthy heart is bad both sexes, but a man's biological makeup (like how they store their fats) can make the difference in men living a few years shorter overall.
DailyRx News created a quick video to explain:
"Heart disease tends to affect men much more than women."
While this study doesn't show why men may be more susceptible, the team had a few theories such as ...
"Men may be more susceptible because of differences of fat distribution, hormonal differences or sex-based factors."
Better get in shape, gents!