European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 243–252

Sex differences in health and mortality in Moscow and Denmark

  • A. Oksuzyan
  • M. Shkolnikova
  • J. W. Vaupel
  • K. Christensen
  • V. M. Shkolnikov
MORTALITY

DOI: 10.1007/s10654-014-9893-4

Cite this article as:
Oksuzyan, A., Shkolnikova, M., Vaupel, J.W. et al. Eur J Epidemiol (2014) 29: 243. doi:10.1007/s10654-014-9893-4

Abstract

In high income countries females outlive men, although they generally report worse health, the so-called male–female health-survival paradox. Russia has one of the world’s largest sex difference in life expectancy with a male disadvantage of more than 10 years. We compare components of the paradox between Denmark and Moscow by examining sex differences in mortality and several health measures. The Human Mortality Database and the Russian Fertility and Mortality Database were used to examine sex differences in all-cause death rates in Denmark, Russia, and Moscow in 2007–2008. Self-reported health data were obtained from the Study of Middle-Aged Danish Twins (n = 4,314), the Longitudinal Study of Aging Danish Twins (n = 4,731), and the study of Stress, Aging, and Health in Russia (n = 1,800). In both Moscow and Denmark there was a consistent female advantage at ages 55–89 years in survival and a male advantage in self-rated health, physical functioning, and depression symptomatology. Only on cognitive tests males performed similarly to or worse than women. Nevertheless, Muscovite males had more than twice higher mortality at ages 55–69 years compared to Muscovite women, almost double the ratio in Denmark. The present study showed that despite similar directions of sex differences in health and mortality in Moscow and Denmark, the male–female health-survival paradox is very pronounced in Moscow suggesting a stronger sex-specific disconnect between health indicators and mortality among middle-aged and young-old Muscovites.

Keywords

Sex differences Cross-national comparison Health Mortality Russia Denmark 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Oksuzyan
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Shkolnikova
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. W. Vaupel
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. Christensen
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • V. M. Shkolnikov
    • 1
    • 7
  1. 1.Max Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of AgingOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Demographic ResearchRostockGermany
  3. 3.Federal Arrhythmia CentreMoscow Institute of Pediatry and SurgeryMoscowRussian Federation
  4. 4.Institute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  5. 5.Department of Clinical GeneticsOdense University HospitalOdense CDenmark
  6. 6.Department of Clinical Biochemistry and PharmacologyOdense University HospitalOdense CDenmark
  7. 7.New Economic SchoolMoscowRussian Federation

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