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What's killing women? Sex disparity and the shifting landscape of age-related disease

By Andi Horvath

Population health researcher Professor Cassandra Szoeke outlines what ails women as they grow older, how men differ from women in age-related diseases, and how public awareness and personal lifestyle change have been shown to have a positive impact on women's quality of life in their later years.

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I’m Dr Andi Horvath. Thanks for joining us. Today we bring you Up Close to your health span. The number of years you live in the best possible health across your lifespan. The Global Burden of Disease Study is a comprehensive global research program that assesses the mortality and disability from major diseases and risk factors. Now the data shows a 10 year rise in global life expectancy which occurred between 1980 and 2015. Also deaths due to infectious and nutritional causes, as well as maternal and child health, have declined. But non-communicable diseases, the preventable lifestyle diseases have risen. For decades public health campaigns in many countries contribute a vital service in providing health guidelines including risks and preventative measures for living well as we age.

We've all heard the message of diet and exercise but it's not working on a global scale and it has its challenges for our health care systems. Our guest today on Up Close is Professor Cassandra Szoeke, a neurologist at the University of Melbourne. Cassandra is a chief investigator on a large Australian longitudinal study on lifestyles and aging and has led research programs in government and...

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