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    Women have a better life expectancy than men, but not necessarily health

    Women have a better life expectancy than men, but not necessarily health

    At age 65, a woman has nearly 4 years more to live than a man, but only one in good health. 


    Women live longer than men, but their "extra years of life" are marked by more health problems or loss of autonomy, according to a study published Tuesday, October 8 by the Drees, based on figures from 2018 .

    To arrive at this conclusion, the statistical service of the social ministries compared, on the one hand, the life expectancy at birth of men and women, and on the other hand their life expectancy "without disability", ie ie the number of years that can be expected to live a person without being limited in his daily activities.

    For life expectancy at birth (85.3 years for women and 79.4 years for men), the gender gap is 5.9 years. On the other hand, with respect to life expectancy without disability (64.5 years for women and 63.4 years for men), this difference is barely more than one year. It even tightened since in 2017 it reached 1.9 years.

    "The extra years of life enjoyed by women are experienced with certain limitations of activity," concludes the Drees: at 65, a woman can still hope to live 3.8 years longer than a man, but only 1, 1 year older in good health.

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