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Women’s life expectancy starting to slip

The longer life expectancy women have long enjoyed is starting to fade — and due mostly to entirely preventable reasons.

A recent study, published in Population Health Metrics found that in nearly 25% of U.S. counties, women’s life expectancy dropped between 1997 and 2007. Such a drop is rare in developed, ostensibly healthy populations. Researchers say that lifestyle factors, such as smoking and obesity, appeared to be driving much of the decline.

Notably, other developed countries they studied, such as Japan and Great Britain, didn’t have similar declines in life expectancy.

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