Sep 03, 2013
By AM740 Staff
Life expectancy for 50-year old women is going up around the world.
While Japanese women live the longest on average, women in most countries now live longer than they did 40-years ago.
A new study from the World Health Organization says that’s thanks to progress against infectious diseases like flu, TB and pneumonia.
It also finds that heart disease, stroke and cancer kill most women over 50.
Doctor. John R. Beard is director of the W.H.O.’s department of aging,
He says countries should focus on lowering blood pressure with inexpensive drugs and screening for cervical and breast cancer diseases that can be prevented or treated.
Getting women to avoid smoking, excessive drinking and being obese is also crucial.
The study also recommends that stereotypes about sex and zoomers change, and that women should be offered advice on protected sex and screened for sexually transmitted diseases.