Women have had a longer life expectancy than men, ever since records began, but this may be set to change in the not-too-distant future.
adviser to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has predicted that
by the time today's 12-year-old boys reach the age of 30, they should be
able to enjoy a life expectancy of just over 87 years.
means they will be matching the life expectancy of their female
counterparts or the first time.
And they may even outlive females
born at the same time soon after, according to Professor Leslie Mayhew,
a statistician at City University, London.
believes that men's increasingly healthy lifestyles, falling smoking
rates and decreasing number of deaths from heart attacks will bring
their life expectancy in line with that of women.
In an interview
with the Sunday Times, he said: 'There has been a huge decline in the
numbers working in heavy industry, far fewer males smoke than before and
there is much better treatment for heart disease, which tends to affect more males than
Figures from the British Heart Foundation show that
one in five male deaths and one in eight female deaths in 2009 were from
coronary heart disease.