Bad news, ladies: We’re dying younger. Maybe it’s the stress of wearing so many hats and trying to be everything to everyone, but regardless of the reason, we don’t like it one bit! A new study published in the journal Health Affairs reports: We examined trends in male and female mortality rates from 1992–96 to 2002–06 in 3,140 U.S. counties. We found that female mortality rates increased in 42.8 percent of counties, while male mortality rates increased in only 3.4 percent. Several factors, including higher education levels, not being in the South or West, and low smoking rates, were associated with lower mortality rates.
Obviously not smoking adds a few years to our lives, but help us out — living in the South or West is actually good for you? South or West what? South Dakota? West Virginia? South Beach? In the meantime, we’re not thrilled that our male counterparts have such low mortality rates when we’re all dropping off like flies. Not that we want our fellas to die first, but maybe they could take on a few of our family chores to level out the playfield? It’s just a thought. Source:Health Affairs