Even though we know for a fact that women have a longer lifespan than men, a new study shows us that even though women live longer, they will suffer from disabilities much earlier than men. The study concluded that women may live longer, but men have more active years before them.
Gender-related studies are not something new under the study, and someone has to either lie in a cave or on a mountain-top to not known that there are much difference between men and women that go beyond anatomy.
We also know from our grandparents and from tales that women live longer than men. Maybe that’s why there are many widows than widowers in stories and novels. No one can say for sure why women have a longer lifespan than men, but the fact is acknowledged all the same.
A new study, performed by the University of Michigan comes to upset the balance of what we knew from our forbearers. According to this new study, women indeed live longer than men, but males often live a disability-free life.
More specifically, the study has discovered that an average man will experience the signs and disease of old age later than women. Moreover, the paper also pointed out that there are cases when males have more active years than women.
To see how the balance has shifted, the authors of the study, reviewed the health from the Medicare database. From 1982 to 2011, the team of scientists has discovered that the life expectancy of male patients over 65 years old has increased by four years while a woman’s life expectancy remained at 1.4 years.
Furthermore, the team also pointed out that over three decades, a male’s life expectancy increased from two and a half years to 4 and a half years, while a woman’s life expectancy remained unaltered.
But this is not the only aspect uncovered by this gender-related study. According to the team, women are more likely to developing debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, depression and dementia sooner than men.
Also, the team argued that men will have more active years ahead of them after they reach the age of 65 compared to women.
Vicki Freedman, the lead author of the study, said that the new approach sheds some light on what must be done regarding care. For example, in the light of this new study, doctors might recommend other courses of treatment for age-related diseases in case of women than in the case of men.