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Who lives longest? Study raises doubts about male and female life expectancy

A new study has disproved the long-held belief that women are more likely to live longer lives than men.

Although men live longer than women, academics from Denmark claim that they have a greater chance of living to the fullest.

Experts said that life expectancies are an “simplistic measurement” that summarises the average life span. This is often misinterpreted to mean that men don’t live as long as their female counterparts.

According to the Office of National Statistics, in England, the average life expectancy for 2018-2020 was 79.3 years for men and 83.1 years for women.


The new study shows that people don’t account for variations in life expectancy when looking at life expectancy. A “sizeable proportion” of males may live longer than a larger portion of females even though the life expectancy is higher for females.

It was suggested that a better way of measuring lifespan was to examine the differences between countries.

The study was published in the journal BMJ Open and looked at data about the life expectancy of men in 199 countries over 200 years.

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The study concluded that men are more likely to outlive women than their wives if they have a degree and are married.

According to the authors, “Males who have a university degree or are married tend to live longer than those who have not been married.”

They also stated that the likelihood of a woman outliving her husband is between 25% to 50%.

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The authors stated that blindly interpreting life expectancy differences can lead to distorted perceptions of actual inequalities [in terms of lifespan]”.

“Male life expectancy is lower than that of females, and death rates for males are generally higher at all ages. However, there’s still a good chance that males will outlive females.

These findings are contrary to the common belief that men don’t live as long as women and show a greater inequality in life expectancy between males and females.


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