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Life span dropping among women

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While experts say women have a longer life expectancy than men, a new study shows the gap between life spans may be dwindling.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin studied recent death data from almost every county in the United States to figure out life expectancy among adults.

They found that premature deaths among women increased in almost half of the nation’s counties, especially in the south and west.

Researchers concluded that the average life span for women has dropped in recent years.

Doctors say diseases related to obesity, along with those stemming from tobacco use, are likely to blame.

Life expectancy for men has not changed.

Experts say women still outlive men but the gap between the sexes is narrowing.