Mar 5, 2013 12:52 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Lifespan of American women is shorter

American women are not living as long as they used to.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin studied recent death data from almost every United States county.

The overall number of premature deaths among women have dropped. There was an increase in the number of those deaths in the South and West. Some experts blame obesity, an increase in smoking, and less education for shorter lives. However, there is no clear reason.

Life expectancy for men has held steady or improved in almost every county. Women still outlive men overall, but this study reveals the gap has been narrowing.



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