Why women live longer than men

From time immemorial, women have always been regarded as the weaker sex, when compared to men. But that seems to be nothing more than a cliché now as women appear to be increasingly outshining men in several things.

For example, scientists have proved that women are smarter, more intelligent, emotionally stronger and they make better leaders. But beyond these remarkable comparative advantages, it has also been shown that women live longer than men and the difference could be as high as 10 years.

Interestingly, according to a list of verified 100 oldest people in the world, compiled between February 1985 and May 2016, there are 94 females and only six males on the list.

And until August 2016 when a 145-year-old man, Mbah Gotho, was discovered in Indonesia, a French woman, Jeanne Calment had been on record as the oldest verified person of all time, as she lived for 122 years, 164 days, outliving both her daughter and grandson by several decades, before she died on August 4, 1997.

Several reasons have been adduced for women’s greater longevity. From general knowledge, it can easily be assumed that women tend to live longer because men engage in more risky jobs; women tend to be more careful in terms of habits and lifestyle, like smoking and drinking and they are care-givers (mothers) which could make them to be more careful with their lives. And out of these factors, lifestyle is said to be very important, especially when it comes to smoking and drinking, but there is more.
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