Have you wondered why women typically live longer than men? We answer the question for you in this article.
According to a study done in Japan, women’s immune systems age slower than men. Overall, women outlive men by about five years. Numerous reasons are in question for longevity, such as genetics, hormones, psychological, and sociological factors.
Why Do Women’s Immune Systems stay Healthier Longer?
This is answered by a few differences in how the immune system ages in men and women.
Some white blood cells, such as T-cells and B-cells, decrease as we age, but in women they decrease at a slower rate than in men. In contrast, the white blood cells, CD4 T-cells, increase as we age and with women they increase at a faster rate than with men. Also, red blood cells start to decline in age with men, but not with women.
Although, it still isn’t proven that these changes to the immune system are the exact reason for women living longer. It does add another piece to the puzzle of how our bodies change as we age. The immune system aging slower in women does show a general view of a slower rate of intrinsic aging.
What Other Reasons Do Women Live Longer?
The aging process of men and women are very different. These different factors include:
- Women have higher levels of estrogen than men, protecting them from cardiovascular disease until menopause.
- Different types of sex hormones, such as lymphocytes have an affect on the immune system.
- Women have less iron than men, protecting them against heart disease.
- Women have genetic and chromosomal factors that could possibly aid them in living longer.
- Men are more likely to smoke, eat unhealthy foods, and have unhealthy stress coping habits.
- Men have higher testosterone levels leading to risky and dangerous behavior that may cause them to die earlier.
How to Live Longer?
We have more control over our longevity than we realize. Most people say it’s up to genetics and that’s it, but there is so much more to it than that. 70% of variation in longevity is due to environmental factors, while 30% is due to genetics. Incorporating positive habits into our daily routine can increase the length of our lives and happiness.
Tops ways to boost your longevity are:
Daily exercise: Daily exercise commitment is a great way to improve your life expectancy, your health, and your energy level. A study showed that people who exercise vigorously for around 3 hours a week had DNA and cells that were 9 years younger than non-exercisers. Three hours a week is a little more than 30 minutes a day.
De-stress: Life expectancy can be messed up by stress in two major ways. The first way is through the direct, unhealthy effects of stress on your body in the long term. The second way stress may shorten your life expectancy is through the negative behaviors that being stressed triggers. These behaviors include comfort eating and smoking.
Socialize: Life expectancy can be increased by just hanging out with your friends and family. The more connected someone is, the better their overall health. Having positive relationships with a spouse, friends, and family is the best way to be connected.
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