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Here's why women live longer than men

ANI | Updated: Oct 04, 2018 20:45 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 4 (ANI): Ever wonder why do men">women typically live longer than men? According to a recent study, while this gender gap is not fully understood, it is well known that there are more reasons than just the typical riskier behaviors of some men, including smoking and drinking alcohol. It is thought to be, in part, due to estrogen protecting men">women from heart disease for a longer period in life.
In trying to understand why men">women age slower than men, researchers have looked at the rate of cellular aging. One of the biological differences from birth is that men">women have longer telomeres (the endcaps of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deterioration).
Scientists have long understood the importance of telomeres in healthy longevity. More recent studies have focused on those factors that affect telomere length and what can be done to protect them.
Dr. Elissa Epel, head researcher of the study said, "Some experimental studies suggest estrogen exposure increases the activity of telomerase, the enzyme that can protect and elongate telomeres. We look forward to what promises to be a fascinating presentation with implications for slowing telomere attrition and age-related conditions"
The study was discussed in the 29th Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society. (ANI)