Here's Why We (Women) Live Longer

May 16, 2013 -- 10:34am

Here's another female factoid of the day -- and it's good news, ladies! Women live longer than men. It's true now, it was true hundreds of years ago, and at least for me, personally - it's true with my grandparents. Here's why...scientists in Japan found that men's bodies produce fewer T-cells and B-cells than women as they get older. T-cells protect us from infections, and B-cells produce antibodies. And it suggests that the female body is designed to last a little longer than the male body. The male body just starts breaking down sooner and becomes more prone to diseases than the female body. In the U.S., the current life expectancy for a man is 75.35 years. For a woman it's 80.51 years.  

Bottom line -- women live longer than men because their immune systems don't age as quickly.


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