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Friday, August 3rd, 2012


THE reason women live roughly four years longer than men in a place like Australia is not solely down to their reduced rate of obesity, risky behaviour and smoking. According to research published today, it’s down to genetics.

Both men and women have mitochondrial DNA but researchers from Monash University in Melbourne and Lancaster University in Britain found only females were immune to mutations carried in the mitochondria, which is found in every cell of the body.

This ”evolutionary quirk” means males are more susceptible to the mutations, negatively affecting their life expectancy.
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”A significant genetic difference in lifespan between men and women can be traced back to the mitochondria,” said the Monash University evolutionary biologist Damian Dowling.

”This difference is not caused by hormonal differences between the sexes, such as testosterone in males, or to risk-taking behaviour. It’s genetic.”

The Bureau of Statistics says a girl born today can expect to live to almost 84 while a boy is expected to live to 80.

Mitochondria are found around the nucleus of cells. Often described as the powerhouse of cells because of their responsibility for producing energy, mitochondria have also been tied to the ageing process.

While both sexes have mitochondrial DNA, only the mother passes it on to her children.

”It’s this strict maternal inheritance of mitochondria that has allowed mutations to creep in to mitochondrial genes that are harmful to males, while having no simultaneous effect on the female of the species,” Dr Dowling said.

Published in Current Biology, the study took into account the obvious tendency for men to lead riskier lifestyles than women.

”When we take out those factors, there are genetic mutations which are tied to early male ageing and these same mutations have no effect on females.”
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Why Nice Girls Finish Last —

And That’s Good

Agro loud women die early

By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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Nice women really do finish last. And that’s a good thing, if you’re talking about the ultimate finish line of life, which we are. Enjoying life longer than all your classmates is great as long as you have nurtured younger friends.

In a study of more than 97,000 women, those who were the most cynical and hostile (the researchers’ words, not ours; that’s one heck of a combination, and yes, there IS a test for that) had a 23 percent higher risk of dying from cancer, and, in fact, tended to die earlier from all causes than their nicer peers.

The brighter side: Optimistic women tended to live longer (we’re good with that; our wives fit that category).

They had a 16 percent lower risk for heart attacks, 14 percent lower risk of dying earlier than their peers and a 24 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Men weren’t included in this study, but we suspect that optimism also would have positive effects and that cynical hostility doesn’t really work for our gender, either.

It’s possible that optimism and hostility affect your actual physiology. And it’s clear that optimists deal with bad things in healthier ways, which may lead to less health-sapping stress. Optimists also build stronger social relationships, a critical aspect of adding years to your life and life to your years.

Can you change your point of view? It’s not out of the question, and it’s worth the effort. Simple ways to start: Try helping people, engaging in your community or in a spiritual community, or just expressing gratitude to someone.