Women's Health By the Numbers: Life

How long do we live? Expectancy is to 80.4 (US data 2004). Was 48.3 in 1900. So the group of us is getting older. Now the longevity experts would tell us that the oldest among us hasn't really gotten older. The top dog in longevity: Maybe 1113, or 122, the data keeping back then, and from where, not so good. And who should we ask if we want to live really long, your doctor, right? Maybe not. I looked in UpToDate, the hot shot "medical encyclopedia"...and it is good for lots of stuff, longevity...no such place or topic to look up. I can check on how to make someone with a particular cancer survive longer, or with hypertension, you get the idea. Eventually, apparently living longer is treating what you have better. With rats we can do experiments and see which rat lives the longest, apparently that just has not been ok with human research, so extrapolation. First we do have to kick what kills us off early. Living longer world wide for women also means not dying in childbirth. World wide 600,000 women die each year of pregnancy related causes. Developing countries only represent about 1% of that number of course. Then we have to kick heart disease, you'll hear a lot about that, the annual Red Heart Day. And nothing ruins your heart like crossing into menopause, the lipids and BP just take a beating.Average age of menopause is 51.4, and that is true in most all cultures of the world. So 1/3 of your life, you'll be in menopause, and the "reproductive years" are thought of as ages 15 to 45. Going through menopause early is not healthy. If you have your ovaries removed prior to the age of 40 you have over 50% increased rate of stroke. Actually those who lost their ovaries before age 40 have even been shown to have decreased grip strength! So to fix early menopause, there is some data that says if you take estrogen at that point you will prolong your life. More on life soon.


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