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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Annuitant mortality explained

Correspondent Malcolm Jewell has been stimulated by recent CMI reports to undertake his own research into the reasons for acceleration of improvement in male mortality. He tells us of intriguing research from the New England Journal of Medicine carried out by Dr Karen Weatherby.

‘There is no question that gazing at breasts makes men healthier’, Dr Weatherby is quoted as saying of her study of German males. ‘Sexual excitement gets the heart thumping and improves blood circulation. Our study indicates that engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack in half. We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life four to five years.’