For years, statistics showed that women, on average, lived several years longer than men. Many people planned their life insurance and retirement portfolios around this assumption. But, it may be time to revise those plans; the gender longevity gap is closing.
The reasons behind this are related to increased health and wellness in men. Men used to be far more likely to smoke; now, smokers make up a smaller than ever portion of the population, male or female. Men are less likely to be obese than women are; obesity is associated with a number of life-shortening health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Because of the gains that men have made, the gap between men’s and women’s lifespan is down to about five years.