Normally we like to talk about longevity topics that you can actually control but we do get asked who lives longer man or woman so we thought we’d cut through the BS and take a look at the studies.
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So, right off the bat, statistically, women live longer than men.
Keep in mind there is a lot of variation here. A man who is more active and healthy is going to live longer than an unhealthy woman. But as a generalization women do live longer lives (and we’ll look at why in a moment).
How Much Longer do Women Live Than Men?
Again we’re talking averages here. But in the US women live about 10 years longer than their male counterparts.
Why Do Women Live Longer?
These numbers are skewed slightly by women having a better chance of surviving childhood but there is more to it than just that.
Men are designed to take risks. Men that take more risks can produce more children. They are viewed by women as stronger, more able to produce strong, healthy children.
“What do all these male traits have in common?
-Large body size
-Long tail length
-Most dramatic colors
-Loudest/ best song
-Most elaborate dance
All of these traits are indicative of the particular male’s success in surviving encounters with predators! Most of these traits draw attention to the male from the female, like colors, songs, dances, dark manes in a light-colored landscape etc. They not only attract females they also attract predator attention. If the male can survive a lifetime of running around with a target on his back, the female will be selecting predator tested genes.”
A baby can live without a father. But it’s much more difficult for a baby to live without a mother.
A father can produce many children, without expending any energy to look after them, and to do so is an effective way to carry his genes forward in life – even if he dies younger.
Women, on the other hand, can only produce a very limited number of children. They need to be around to raise children and grandchildren, to teach mothers how to raise children, for the survival of their genes.
The strongest, healthiest men are independent, able to survive by themselves and even to take advantage of severe circumstances. Rugged individuals.
The strongest, healthiest women form stronger healthier communities. They support each other – and their men as well. As a result, they live longer. They are not afraid to accept help, not shamed by accepting help. And they are more willing to give help to someone who needs it. They are more communicative, more able to work together, for the good of the community.
When we measure healthiness by the ability to pass genes on to children, the healthiest men are those most likely to die younger. The healthiest women are those most likely to live longer. We often make the mistake of believing that healthiness ‘lives longer’. That’s the ‘individual’ focus. It ignores the community. Our genetics don’t make that mistake. Instead, they learn from experience, because success is what works. Success for males, measured by genetics, is different than success for females.
Great answer by Tracy on Quora.