(Image source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)


BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

 

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN


A new study says the gender gap in life expectancy is getting smaller. But while men might celebrate catching up to women, CNN explains the research has some troubling finds — women’s life expectancy gains are actually slowing down, and, in some areas, reversing.

 

“The study says huge parts of Oklahoma, Tennessee and Georgia saw a decline in life expectancy between 1989 and 2009. … Women are less likely to be treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol there.”

 

The study cited heart disease, long thought to be mostly a problem for men, as the biggest factor. Symptoms and medications are modeled after studies on men. A women’s issues blogger for The Mary Sue says that’s a dangerous oversight.

 

“Heart disease also affects women differently, even worse, than it does men, especially when women are smokers … Women are also more likely to die of a heart attack if they suffer one than men are. Clearly, even more attention needs to be paid to women and heart disease...”

 

The researchers say the good news is that most of the changes can be reversed. A Fox News contributor explains — the problems slowing women down are preventable.

 

“But the amazing thing about it is that it’s all about lifestyle. It’s all about cholesterol, it’s all about being overweight, it’s all about smoking, it’s all about getting exercise.”

 

The researchers said with proper education about healthy diet and lifestyle, life expectancy gains for men and women should level out. But a humor columnist for NewJerseyNewsroom.com says — the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are news to nobody.

 

“Is there a single U.S. citizen over the age of 15 that doesn’t know she should not smoke, that she should get regular exercise, and that eating too much and being overweight is bad for you? Believe me, we’ve heard the message! We’re just too stressed out to obey the message. In fact, you are stressing me out by continuing to repeat the message!”

Women's Life Expectancy Growth Slows

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Apr 23, 2012

Women's Life Expectancy Growth Slows

(Image source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)


BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

 

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN


A new study says the gender gap in life expectancy is getting smaller. But while men might celebrate catching up to women, CNN explains the research has some troubling finds — women’s life expectancy gains are actually slowing down, and, in some areas, reversing.

 

“The study says huge parts of Oklahoma, Tennessee and Georgia saw a decline in life expectancy between 1989 and 2009. … Women are less likely to be treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol there.”

 

The study cited heart disease, long thought to be mostly a problem for men, as the biggest factor. Symptoms and medications are modeled after studies on men. A women’s issues blogger for The Mary Sue says that’s a dangerous oversight.

 

“Heart disease also affects women differently, even worse, than it does men, especially when women are smokers … Women are also more likely to die of a heart attack if they suffer one than men are. Clearly, even more attention needs to be paid to women and heart disease...”

 

The researchers say the good news is that most of the changes can be reversed. A Fox News contributor explains — the problems slowing women down are preventable.

 

“But the amazing thing about it is that it’s all about lifestyle. It’s all about cholesterol, it’s all about being overweight, it’s all about smoking, it’s all about getting exercise.”

 

The researchers said with proper education about healthy diet and lifestyle, life expectancy gains for men and women should level out. But a humor columnist for NewJerseyNewsroom.com says — the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are news to nobody.

 

“Is there a single U.S. citizen over the age of 15 that doesn’t know she should not smoke, that she should get regular exercise, and that eating too much and being overweight is bad for you? Believe me, we’ve heard the message! We’re just too stressed out to obey the message. In fact, you are stressing me out by continuing to repeat the message!”

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