A new gender-related study might have come up with the answer to the age-long question: why do women live more than men? The study, which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal, states that those subtle biological difference between the sexes are what makes the weaker sex endure more hardship.
Women Are Better at Survival than Men
This may come as a shock to those who view the woman persuasion as the lesser sex but according to Mother Nature, biology to be exact, women are more likely to survive events of a cataclysmic impact than men.
What’s even more interesting, as noted in the study, is that during times of hardship such as wars, famines, and plagues, women managed to outlive men by at least four years, on the average. One possible explanation for this would be that women have the odds in their favor when it comes to infancy survival compared to their male counterparts.
The study points out that women have more chances to survive infancy then men, while the opposite gender has increased chances of surviving during early and late adulthood.
As pointed out before, even in times of great unrest, women are capable of outliving men, thus putting an end to centuries of squabble on who is the stronger sex.
The Duke University study also noted that there are several factors that contribute to the sturdiness of the female biology. Scientists noted that hormones and genetic background count among the most important of them.
For example, the secretion of estrogen, the female hormone, boosts the body’s immunity response, making us ward off almost any kind of infectious disease.
The gender-based Duke University Study amassed over 250-years old of data and included at least seven populations.
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