Women live longer than men. This gap between the life expectancy of the sexes is a new phenomenon in our history. What are the causes?

Rich or poor, industrialized or developing, in all countries of the world, men die younger than women. Such as in Canada, women can expect to live on average to 83 years, while male life expectancy is just 79 years. But it was not always so.

Researchers found that this trend did not emerge until the late 19th century. Thanks to advances in medicine and living conditions, the longevity of the entire population has improved considerably. But it was women who benefited most. Their mortality rate between 40 and 90 years fell 70% faster than that of men after 1880. And this gap has never narrowed since.

The main responsible for the shortened life of men is the heart. Indeed, in more than 40% of cases of male mortality, it is cardiovascular diseases that are involved.

The beginning of the 20th century also coincides with a higher fat intake in the diet of the population. Does this mean that men consume more fat or do not do enough physical activity to eliminate it? Possible. But it is more the way their body absorbs and stores fat that is harmful. Men and women gain weight differently, and excess fat could be more lethal in these men than in the fairer sex.

So it wouldn’t be the anatomy or the lifestyle of men that alone would explain why they leave this world faster than women, but rather a combination of the two. The good news is that you can act on any of them.

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