Why do women live longer than men, and how to correct this injustice, inherent nature — asked this question, if not all, many. Now scientists from South Korea finally found the key to the men's longevity. But it is unlikely representatives of a strong half of humanity will want to get those extra years of life so dearly. After all, for this they need to go to the castration, writes The Telegraph.
As the researchers of the University of Incheon, men, past castration, live 20 years longer. That is the conclusion scientists came after careful analysis of the genealogical records of Korean Imperial Palace.
Archives, numbering more than 500 years indicate that the eunuchs, oversaw the harem of the Emperors, lived an average of 14-19 years longer than other men. In the three cases, the castrati died at age 100 years, which is extremely rare for the time.
In Korean eunuchs, as the researchers note, it was 130 times more likely to live to be 100 years than the citizens of the modern developed countries. For comparison, the average life expectancy of members of the imperial family was less than 45 years.
The age difference, Korean experts believe, is because of castrated men no sex hormones, such as testosterone, which can reduce life expectancy. This also explains that women tend to live longer than men.
Note that castration as a pledge of longevity, scientists say is not the first time. Previously, researchers have found that men who lost their genitals, men lose their appeal and aggressive, but instead get the ability to recover his body at the cellular level. With this castrati live longer than other men.
However, there are less drastic methods for those who want to be long-lived. Recently, scientists have found that a good diet and avoiding junk food, such as fast food or ravioli with bread, can not only extend the life of the one who adheres to it, but also his offspring.