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Stress is killing women's life advantage

October 15 2014 by EAP Services Limited

World and life pressure is stressing women out and doing damage to their health.

Women are losing the ability to outlive men because of the pressure of juggling full-time work and family, official figures suggest.

An analysis of mortality rates over the past 50 years, published by Britain's Office for National Statistics, shows how men are rapidly narrowing the gap on women in longevity. The shift has been attributed to changes in men's working environments, particularly the decline of heavy industry and mining, and falling smoking rates. 

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The study, which compares death figures from 1963 and 2013, also recognises the effect of the transformation of women's lives over the past half-century. It concludes that while men have become healthier, women's longevity might have been held back by workplace stress and associated smoking and drinking that was previously more commonly associated with men.  Similarly, in 1963 the mortality rate for men aged between 55 and 69 was double that of women. Today it is only about 50 per cent higher.

The Office for National Statistics said: "The general narrowing of the gap between male and female mortality rates can be explained by a number of reasons, including improvements in male health. Increases in women entering the labour force over the last 50 years are considered to have had an impact on levels of stress, smoking and drinking, leading to changes in the health of females." 

EAP Services offers seminars and workshops along with Individual one-on-one counselling. We have a team of specialists available to assist with specific areas of stress concerns.  For further information please contact EAP Services on  0800 327 669.