So Women Talk More, But Do They Live Longer?

 It is a known fact that women generally outlive their husbands by about four years. Over and over again, I have been told that longevity is

Reaching old age together.

Reaching old age together.

possible because of genetics. But, recently I have read that probably only 30 percent is due to genetics. So here’s the good news, most of us should be able to get into our late 80’s, at least, especially if we’re living right.

Someone has said, “Women live longer than men because they are not married to women.” This man obviously believes that men internalize stress rather than letting it go and I get the feeling he also thinks that women are responsible for creating the stress. There are

It strikes us all.

It strikes us all.

many reasons for stress in a man’s life and it is a known fact that stress plays an important role in cardiovascular disease.

It’s expected that by 2030 life expectancy should “even up” between men and women. I wondered why and found that this change is expected because of the decline in smoking by men. Now we are getting down to the truth of the matter and we women can be less “stressed” over the statement presented here in the above paragraph suggesting women are

Yes, women, too.

Yes, women, too.

responsible for men dying early. Yes, women, also, suffer from stress. In fact, they have relatively equal stress and always have.

This seems like a gruesome subject for shirlandyou, but after writing that women talk more than men, I think this comparison is also appropriate. Between the ages of 15 and 24 years, males are four to five times more likely to die than females. This is because young men can be pretty reckless- they drive faster, play more dangerous sports and smoke and drink more than young women.

I can’t write about this subject without stepping on someone’s toes. However, I can’t help but think that watching NASCAR and seeing TV ads, and billboards can rev up drivers’ speed. I often think those cars

Unrealistic driving.

Unrealistic driving.

whizzing by us and darting in front of us are driven by drivers emulating race car drivers. Men have higher rates of fatal motor vehicle and other accidents, suicide, cirrhosis of the liver, respiratory cancers and emphysema, all related to behaviors encouraged in men.

I talked to one elderly woman recently who said, “Who wants to live an extra ten years, you are just extending the years of sickness you will experience.” I’d rather think that the older you get, the healthier you’ve lived.

Summing this up, if young women want their prospective husbands to live as long as they do, look for a good sensible driver and one who doesn’t make poor lifestyle choices. Actually, this is done by choosing a man that women outlive men 7desires to please God with his actions and with his life. What are your thoughts on this? Click on the headline of this shirlandyou, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll find a box in which to type your comment. See you next time. 

8 thoughts on “So Women Talk More, But Do They Live Longer?

    • Hi Darlene: I see what your thinking. If a woman marries a man four years older than herself, that should even out the age problem. Thanks for commenting, love hearing from you. Haven’t heard from Scott for awhile.

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  1. I’ve heard that married men love longer than I married men. So, there goes the wife causing stress theory. Now, I’m wondering if married women vent their stress more than un married women? Could it be that married women have more to be stressed about?? Oh boy, we could really get into a discussion!! LOL. Shirley, you could open a can a worms with your blog this time :-).

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    • Hi Janis; You made some great points. Yes, it has been proven that married men live longer than single ones. So you think a can of worms has been opened? I hope we’ll hear from many more of shirlandyou readers. God bless you, Janis.

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  2. Women do seem to cope better with stress. We have been taught to express our feelings when we feel them. Crying is a great release…tears cleanse the soul. While little boys are taught that men don’t cry. Women also talk about what bothers them…men tend to drink away thier sorrows…only to find when they sober up…that the troubles are still there. My husband is 33 yrs. my senior…and he may still manage to out live me.

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    • Bless your heart, Karen. Your feelings were coming through your writings also. That may explain why you enjoy writing so much. I loved your comments, you always show much wisdom.

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  3. Hi Shirley! I noticed that you touched upon the fact that guys play more dangerous sports than girls, which reminds me of some articles I read recently regarding traumatic brain injuries that are very likely to occur when men play football, (or boxing and wrestling.) Although the spectators love to watch the sports and cheer loudly for those hard hits to help their team get ahead, it is a terribly dangerous sport for those impacted by the serious injuries. It doesn’t make sense for us to encourage the macho image that results in the players suffering in severe pain and depression the rest of their lives. Since I am married to someone who suffers daily from TBI, I would be interested in hearing if any others have read any research on that topic.

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    • Well, Nita, you’ve hit on a most interesting subject. I, too, have been hearing more, lately, about TBI. Perhaps one of shirlandyou readers will have more insight on this. We’ve got more to learn about your husband, Ray. Has this condition developed from an accident? Thanks for writing, Nita.

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