Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Longevity in Men and Women Has Many Factors

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Longevity in Men and Women Has Many Factors

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Dear Doctor K: I've heard that women tend to live longer than men. Why is that?

Dear Reader: On average, women do live about five years longer than men. 57 percent of all who are ages 65 and older are female. By age 85, 67 percent are women. The ratio of men to women is roughly equal in young adulthood. So why does the ratio start to favor women over time? The answer is, men tend to:

- Take bigger risks. The part of the brain that controls judgment and consideration of an action's consequences develops more slowly in boys. This likely contributes to the fact that far more boys and men die in accidents or due to violence.

I feel obliged to state that this impulsivity, explosive personality and lack of judgment in younger members of my gender completely goes away by the time we become mature adults. …

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