Women Are Tougher Than Men

January 11, 2018


Stereotypes say women are weaker than men but as you know stereotypes aren't always accurate. In fact, scientist say women are tough as nails when it comes to surviving disasters.  It's well known that women can expect to live longer, with men living on average of 79.4 years while a woman's life expectancy is about 83.1.  For this study, researchers focused on births and deaths records over the course of seven historical disasters including the Irish potato famine of 1845, a deadly measles epidemics in Iceland in 1842 and 1882, The 1933 Ukraine famine in the Soviet Union, the Swedish famine of 1772 as well as the survival rates of slaves in Trinidad in 1813. In all instances, women out survived men. Even though the crises that reduced the female survival advantage in life expectancy, women still survived better than men.  The female advantage starts at birth with baby girls able to survive harsh conditions better than baby boys. Scientist also say it's hormones as estrogen is known to have anti-inflammatory qualities, while testosterone is a risk factor for a number of diseases, including heart disease. Meanwhile, studies have shown testosterone fuels a man's competitive nature, driving him to be more reckless.


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