Gender and longevity: why do men die earlier than women? Comparative and experimental evidence.

@article{Regan2013GenderAL,
  title={Gender and longevity: why do men die earlier than women? Comparative and experimental evidence.},
  author={Jennifer C. Regan and Linda Partridge},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism},
  year={2013},
  volume={27 4},
  pages={
          467-79
        }
}
Sex differences in lifespan exist world-wide, with women outliving men by more than a decade in some countries. The gender gap is not a uniquely human phenomenon; most sexually reproducing species examined show sex differences in patterns of ageing, yet a comprehensive explanation does not exist. Here, we discuss how ageing responds to natural selection on traits that arise as a consequence of sexuality. Sexual dimorphisms in vertebrates are mediated by sex-steroids, such as androgens and… CONTINUE READING
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