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Women’s Longevity Six Years Longer Than Men

This issue brings to light the startling gender disparities in life expectancy, as recent findings reveal a widening gap with American women outliving men by nearly six years. We explore the underlying causes, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the opioid crisis, and the urgent call for gender-specific healthcare interventions. Shifting gears, we examine the unexpected potential of metformin, a common diabetes drug, in its new role as a possible elixir for aging. This marks a significant pivot in medical research, opening doors to novel anti-aging therapies. Lastly, we uncover the surprising benefits of coffee, a staple in many diets, in promoting longevity and combating various diseases, redefining our perspective on everyday health choices.
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Welcome to this week’s edition of our longevity-focused newsletter, where we delve into the latest scientific insights and research that are shaping our understanding of life extension and healthspan enhancement.

This issue brings to light the startling gender disparities in life expectancy, as recent findings reveal a widening gap with American women outliving men by nearly six years. We explore the underlying causes, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the opioid crisis, and the urgent call for gender-specific healthcare interventions. Shifting gears, we examine the unexpected potential of metformin, a common diabetes drug, in its new role as a possible elixir for aging. This marks a significant pivot in medical research, opening doors to novel anti-aging therapies. Lastly, we uncover the surprising benefits of coffee, a staple in many diets, in promoting longevity and combating various diseases, redefining our perspective on everyday health choices.

Join us as we navigate these intriguing developments, offering a comprehensive view of the dynamic field of longevity research and its implications for our health and future.

Grab yourself a brew…


Women’s Life Expectancy Six Years Longer Than Men (Neuroscience News)

A recent study by UCSF and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals a concerning trend in U.S. life expectancy: the gender gap is widening to its largest since 1996. As of 2021, American women outlive men by 5.8 years, a significant increase from a 4.8-year gap in 2010. This disparity, detailed in a JAMA Internal Medicine publication on November 13, 2023, is primarily driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid overdose epidemic, disproportionately affecting men. 

Men’s higher mortality rates from the pandemic, accidental injuries, drug overdoses, and suicides call for urgent gender-specific healthcare interventions. The research, led by Brandon Yan, underscores the need for specialized care, especially in mental health for men, to address this expanding life expectancy gap. This study highlights the criticality of adapting public health strategies to reverse this worrying trend.

Could the Diabetes Drug Metformin Slow the Aging Process? (Everyday Health)

In a groundbreaking exploration, scientists are investigating metformin, a diabetes medication, for its potential to slow aging. Known for regulating insulin, metformin also positively influences various aging pathways. While extensively used for diabetes, it’s now eyed for extending both lifespan and healthspan. Although animal studies show modest life extension, human research suggests significant health benefits, including reduced mortality risks and combating aging-related diseases. 

Current trials, like TAME, aim to definitively establish metformin’s anti-aging effects. Its safety, widespread availability, and affordability make it a promising candidate for public health impact. However, experts advise against its use for anti-aging outside clinical studies, pending more conclusive evidence. Metformin’s journey from a diabetes drug to a potential anti-aging marvel reflects an exciting shift in medical research, challenging our understanding of health and longevity.

Surprising Research Finds Link Between Coffee and Longevity (Times News Global)

In a pivotal study by Dr. James Thompson and his team at the Health Science Institute, an unexpected link between coffee consumption and longevity has been uncovered. Analyzing over 500,000 health records, they found that regular coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of various diseases. The study highlights caffeine’s antioxidant properties, which protect cells from free radical damage, potentially reducing the incidence of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, liver diseases, heart disease, strokes, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.

This research challenges previous notions about coffee, suggesting that daily consumption could enhance longevity and health. However, moderation is advised due to possible adverse effects like sleep issues and anxiety. These findings underscore the potential health benefits of everyday foods and beverages, indicating that pleasure and health can coexist.


In this week’s edition of our longevity-focused newsletter, we’ve delved deep into pivotal research and insights that are reshaping our understanding of life extension. 

The stark gender disparities in life expectancy, with American women outliving men by nearly six years, highlight an urgent need for gender-specific healthcare interventions. These findings, driven by factors like the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis, call for a reevaluation of public health strategies to bridge this widening gap.

Simultaneously, the potential repurposing of metformin, a diabetes drug, as an anti-aging elixir marks a significant shift in medical research, suggesting new avenues for healthspan enhancement. This is complemented by the unexpected link between coffee consumption and longevity, redefining our perspective on everyday health choices and the role of diet in promoting longevity.

These diverse topics collectively underscore the dynamic and ever-evolving field of longevity research. Each study and discovery not only enriches our understanding but also opens up possibilities for innovative approaches to health and well-being. 

As we continue to explore these developments, they promise to reshape our approach to aging, health, and longevity.

Plenty to discuss,

The Longr Reads Team


“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.”

Edward Teller, Theoretical Physicist


Longr Reads’ of the Week

  • The start-ups seeking a cure for old age (Financial Times)
  • Interview: The US tech millionaire trying to reverse his age (BBC News)
  • Inconvenient Truths About Human Longevity (Oxford Academic)
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