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Men and women both living longer

29 August 2011 - 5:46pm

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that life expectancy is increasing for both sexes.

In the last decade men saw their overall life expectancy rise by three years to 79, with women seeing an increase of two years to 84.

The research will prove convincing for Australians contemplating the move to take out private health insurance.

Australia enjoys long life expectancy compared to many other nations, in part due to the high quality of health care available to the population.

Such figures are used as a measure of a country's overall health levels and according to the ABS the rises can be contributed to "improvements in living standards and ongoing medical advances leading to improvement in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases".

Increased standards of care stemming from private health policies can improve overall health - a benefit currently experienced by 52 per cent of Australians according to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.

The report also reveals that men are more likely to have poor health risk factors when compared to their female counterparts.

Men are at greater risk due to dangerous levels of alcohol consumption and obesity. However, women experience more psychological stress than men.