Men are beginning to close the longevity gap between them and women.
A study from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation found that men are adding years to their lives at a faster rate than women.
Taking a look at data from 1989 to 2009, men expanded their life expectancy by 4.6 years on average, increasing longevity from between 66.1 and 81.6 years old, while women's longevity rose by 2.7 year on average, going to between 73.5 years and 86 years.
The reason for this trend?
Men are less likely to be obese because they tend to exercise more than women. Men are also adopting healthier habits in general.
NYC's health commissioner said:
"The whole [local] culture has changed. Smoking used to be seen as cool and hip –- now it's the opposite. Exercising and eating healthy [once were deemed] things only strange people did. Now they're mainstream."
Even though the life-expectancies are leveling out, experts don't think they'll ever be the same.
Mainly because of different risks of heart ailments and auto accident deaths.
So drive safe!
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