Women age better than men – scientists are trying to figure out why

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Consider 100 baby boys and 100 baby girls born in 1950. Experts predict that 46 of the men and 61 of the women — a third more — will still be alive at age 80 in 2030. Even Steven Austad, an expert on ageing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, didn’t give statistics like that much thought until about 10 years ago. Everyone knew that women outlived men. He figured it was just because men had more heart disease. But Austad, who is senior scientific director of the American Federation for ageing Research, is a sucker for topics that others take for granted, and he dug deeper. He learned th…

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