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Women live longer, but men catch up

Women live longer, but men catch up, as the lifespan of women is now growing slower than that of their male counterparts

  • The lifespan of women is growing slower than that of men, it turned out yesterday
  • The average life expectancy is still rising for both sexes, but more slowly for women
  • More women may work, feel stressed, drink or smoke

The lifespan of women is growing slower than that of men, it turned out yesterday.

Average life expectancy is still rising for both genders, but the rate of increase is slowing throughout the Western world – especially for women.

The research suggests that this is due to more women working, feeling stressed and drinking or smoking. And men now work less frequently in dangerous and polluted industries such as mining.

The average life expectancy is still rising for both sexes, but the rate of rise is slowing throughout the Western world - especially for women (stock image)

The average life expectancy is still rising for both sexes, but the rate of rise is slowing throughout the Western world – especially for women (stock image)

It is also thought that the spread of obesity and dementia are factors. The research, published by the Longevity Science Panel, seems to disprove earlier theories that public sector spending cuts under David Cameron were the cause of the slowdown in life expectancy growth – as the trend is also seen in countries without austerity, such as Germany .

Panel Chair Dame Karen Dunnell urged the government to investigate the reasons for the delay. The report was based on mortality rates dating back to the 1960s.

Figures show that British men can expect to live to 79 and women to 82.

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