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Old 05-07-2013, 06:49 PM
zeus1233 zeus1233 is offline
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Originally Posted by Loner View Post
That's weird, I thought that since more women relatively were smoking in recent years that the gap was decreasing?
The SS data presented are so old that it is not relevant for this discussion. They largely capture the years in which female mortality improved faster than male mortality (1940's-1970's). That's not relevant to how mortality improvements have occurred over the last 20 years.

My understanding is that the gap in life expectancy from birth between males and females in the USA is declining due to faster male mortality improvement (based on the CDC's estimated life expectancy at birth). What used to be a 7.5 year gap in the 1970's is now closer to five years.

Further you can find updated estimates of life expectancy by sex at age 65 through 2009 in the CDC data. The gap between the sexes has narrowed.
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