Women Are Actually The Stronger Sex

Women are stereo typically considered weaker than men, but experts say that’s just not true. University of Southern Denmark researchers looked at seven periods in history where “mortality shocks” took place, and large numbers of people were wiped out by disasters. These included the 1845 Irish potato famine, deadly measles epidemics in Iceland in 1842 and 1882 as well as survival rates of slaves in Trinidad in 1813. Lead study author Virginia Zarulli writes, “The conditions experienced by the people in the analyzed populations were horrific. Even though the crises reduced the female survival advantage in life expectancy, women still survived better than men. We find that even when mortality was very high, women lived longer. […] Most of the female advantage was due to differences in mortality among infants: baby girls were able to survive harsh conditions better than baby boys.” It’s thought women’s natural maternal instincts may contribute to this, and that male and female sex hormones could play a role, as the female hormone oestrogen is known to have anti-inflammatory qualities, while testosterone is a risk factor for a number of diseases. (The Sun)¬†