Women all over the world in developing countries outlive men. For instance, in America, alone men's life expectancy is 72 years which is lower than that of women by 7 years. In addition, there has been a continuous gender gap in the 20th century as more females have been exceeding males. The death rates for men have been high despite the number of newly born males being greater than that of the females. Furthermore, the genetic makeup of the male child gives him a low affinity to survive since they are faced with the problem of stillbirths, spontaneous abortion, and miscarriages which are not experienced by the female child.
In addition at the age group of 25, the mortality rate of women is lower than that of young men (Corti 2002, p. 1535). From a biological perspective and observation of other female species, the answer to the reason why women outlive men lies in biology. Scientists and great scholars believe that aging faster results from DNA strand damage or protein molecule. How this DNA generates determines how long we live and it is dependent on regulation of the balance existing between how fast the damage strikes and how well the damage is solved in human cells.
The mechanism of the body to repair and maintain our cells in most cases is effective and that is the reason why human beings live longer than most animals. Nevertheless, there are setbacks in these mechanisms making them unreliable since some damages are unrepaired which persists thus making usage. Women's cells are more effective than that of women giving them a longer lifespan than men (Seely 1990p.
113). Men at their early age experience testosterone storm. This is a situation where their bodies produce large amounts of hormones. These hormones can be changing very drastically thus inducing dangerous behavior in men. This is the age group where youngest men engage in drinking alcohol, smoking, and also some are not even cautious when traveling.
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