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The Life Span and the Variables that Effect it

Our lives, are rather insignificant in the whole scheme of the universe, just imagine that
the universe has been around for billions and billions of years, yet we only see a
100-year portion of it. If we get to see that whole 100 years of it then we are
considered lucky, the average life span is influenced by so many variables, it is amazing
how many things that we have little or no control over can effect the our lives. For
instance, genetics is a variable that we have no control over, we do not choose our
genetic makeup, it is chosen for us. Yet our genetics influence our lives in such a large
way.

Through genetics our life span can be affected by disease and abnormalities. Heredity is
a major cause for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood
pressure. These diseases all weigh greatly on our lifespan, and they are transmitted
commonly through genetics. The way that these diseases are transmitted from father to
child or mother to child is though DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)

Another variable that affects the life span is socioeconomic status. This status
describes the economic and social classes that the family is in. This affects the life
span due to the amount of money that the family can spend on nutrition and medical
services. Without the money to provide proper nutrition and medicine a life span is
greatly decreased by the risk of death by common disease. On the other end of the spectrum
families that are in the higher socioeconomic classes can provide more medical attention
to various diseases and thus prevent long-term complications.

Culture also has a great effect on the life span of a person; culture is the description
for a group of people with the same attitudes, values, customs, and beliefs. This has an
effect on a person’s life span because cultural beliefs and values may come into
play when dealing with certain medical solutions to disease, for example a certain culture
may not believe in operations to remove cancer, this would cause added risk for early
death. Culture has a big impact on the decisions that a person makes and whether they
view their decisions as moral or immoral.

Males and females both have a different average life expectancy, why is that? Why does
gender affect the life span? The average life span for men in the U.S. is 72 years old
and the average for women is 79 years old. Many diseases are more common in men than in
women or some are more common in women than in men, overall men are at risk more for heart
disease and lung disease. This causes the decreased life expectancy for men as opposed to
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