Professional women more likely to live longer

Work in medicine, law or finance? You're more likely to live longer

LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR professional, wealthy women has shot up by 30 months to 85 years in the last four years, while the gap between the top and bottom classes has widened.

Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show that women in well-paid, high-status jobs like medicine, finance and law are more likely to live longer than those who work on lower paid clerical and manual jobs.

Better holidays, healthier lifestyles, and quicker access to healthcare, mean that high-powered females are outliving those in lower social classes, where poor diet – female obesity levels are greater in lower classes – drinking and smoking take their toll. Epidemiologists also suggest that high self-esteem from top class jobs give women a life-lengthening psychological boost.

Eric Brunner, a reader in epidemiology at University College London, could not fully explain the acceleration in life expectancy for woman in the top social classes in the past four years. But he said that access to cash and high self-esteem has a big impact on health and longevity.

‘Money, wealth and resources, particularly psychological, mean that women feel more in control of their lives.’

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