Infant mortality is an issue and studies such as this should only count people who have reached age 70, omitting earlier death data. The article did not comment on the age distribution included. Data shows also that metal activity is a huge factor. People who keep mentally active in their profession or at least in some mentally challenging activity even though at reduced level, live substantially longer on average. The data is unambiguous. The interpretation can be challenged but not the facts. As a member of the National Academy of Engineering, which is an elected group and consists of high achievers, I know the data is unambiguous. Members of NAE live substantially longer than the national average. Nuns who are intellectually active live substantially longer than nuns in the same monastery who are less active. If one accepts that clue it may be possible to understand the differences in Israel. Please publish this since it contains an important and correct insight.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Israeli women outlive men, Tel Avivians die younger
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