Why we need to rethink how we treat women’s health
By Henry fords Gynecology, University of QueenslandProfessor Richard Dyson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Gynecological Surgery and Obstetrics, School of Medicine at UQ, said it was important to acknowledge that there was an opportunity for women to live longer, healthier lives.
“There is now a growing body of evidence that shows the benefits of longer life and shorter life expectancies are not only beneficial to women, but to society as a whole,” Professor Dyson said.
“In the US, women are expected to work for 40 hours a week and spend an average of 30 hours a month on child care.”
A woman who has to choose between the two or less of these choices is faced with the choice between going into debt to support a family, and paying the bills that keep her home.
“We need to make the choice of living longer and healthier choices for women, rather than trying to choose one option over the other.”
If we really want to see a more equitable society and a healthier future for women and their families, we need a more holistic approach to how we support women.
“Professor Dyson and his colleagues conducted the first study of its kind to compare life expectancy across age groups in a community, and found that older women lived longer and had lower rates of illness than younger women.”
Our findings suggest that the benefits for older women of living a longer life are not just socially beneficial, but are also economically beneficial,” he said.
The researchers found that, compared to older women, women with a family age of 70 and over lived significantly longer, had lower mortality rates and had a lower proportion of deaths in their lifetime.”
The findings were published in the journal Ageing Research.”
These are key differences in life expectancy.”
The findings were published in the journal Ageing Research.
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