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The Takeaway: Why Aren’t American Women Gaining In Life Expectancy As Fast As Men?
Posted By Elizabeth Nolan Brown On April 23, 2012 @ 8:41 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments
Women Lag in Life Expectancy Gains: American women are still expected to outlive their male counterparts by four years, but gains in women’s longevity have slowed, according to a new study of mortality data. Between 1989 and 2009, life expectancy for American men improved by an average of 4.6 years, while women’s life expectancy improved by just 2.7 years. In many U.S. counties, women’s life spans were shorter than they were 20 years ago.
“A gain in life expectancy should be equal among men and women,” says Ali Mokdad, director of the research team, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, that conducted the study.
This is a wake-up call for all of us. It’s tragic that in a country as wealthy as the United States, and with all the medical expertise we have, that so many girls will live shorter lives than their mothers.”
On a county-by-county basis, American life spans range from an average of 66.1 to 81.6 years, for men and 73.5 to 86 years for women. According to the study:
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