Do men age faster than women? A recent study by Finnish academics has revealed that men age faster than women. Men are biologically four years older than women by age 50.
A doctoral researcher and lead author of the study Anna Kankaanpää said that they had found men to be biologically older than women of the same chronological age, and the difference is considerably more significant in older participants.
Experts have claimed that men age biologically faster than women.
Men in their fifties were biologically four years older than their female counterparts, on average, Anti-ageing researchers found.
According to the first-of-its-kind study, the gap already exists in the 20s.
Researchers compared the chronological age of thousands of volunteers — how many birthdays they’ve had — against their biological ones. Scientists conducted the research using tests that estimate the body’s decline based on subtle markers attached to our DNA.
The findings, published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, could help explain why men age faster than women.
Men in Britain have a life expectancy of 79, compared to 83 for women. In the US, women tend to live around five years longer (80).
Anna’ We observed a sex difference in the ageing pace, which was not explain by lifestyle-related factors.
Anna Kankaanpää said, ‘In our study, we also used a pretty rare study design and compared the ageing pace among opposite-sex twin pairs.
‘A similar difference was also observe among these pairs of twins. The male sibling was about one year biologically older than his female co-twin. These pairs have grown in the same environment and share half of their genes. The difference may be explained, for example, by sex differences in genetic factors and the beneficial effects of the female sex hormone oestrogen on health,’ she added.