Washington: A new study has revealed that European women live longer than men, but their longer lives are not necessarily healthy.
Studies by Dr. Diego Vannuzzo of the Milan Centre for Cardiovascular Prevention in Italy revealed that women’s life expectancy might be better than men in Europe because of both biological and behavioural advantages, but that doesn’t mean they lead healthy lives.
Vannuzzo showed that due to increase in tobacco and alcohol consumption in women, the gender gap is decreasing.
Though in the European Union, the total number of deaths is roughly similar in men and women, according to the evaluation of life expectancy, women die older than men.
In 2008, the EU life expectancy at birth was 82.4 years in women and 76.4 years in men, which means a gap of 6 years.
Considering ‘healthy life years at birth’ by gender, that is, the number of years that a person at birth is still expected to live in a healthy condition, the average proportion is 85 percent of healthy years in men and 80 percent in women.
The findings were presented at the ESC Congress 2011 recently.