Title

Comparative survival advantage of males with down syndrome

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

RAS ID

1939

Comments

This article was originally published as: Glasson, E. J., Sullivan, S. G., Hussain, R., Petterson, B. A., Montgomery, P. D., & Bittles, A. H. (2003). Comparative survival advantage of males with Down syndrome. American Journal of Human Biology, 15(2), 192-195. Original available here

Abstract

In virtually all countries life expectancy is longer in females than in males. A multigeneration, population-based dataset was used to investigate whether a gender-specific difference in life expectancy could be determined in a large cohort (n = 1,332) of people with Down syndrome resident in Western Australia. Contrary to the established pattern of longevity in the general population, and in most people with intellectual disability, males with Down syndrome had a significantly greater life expectancy than females with the same disorder. The reasons for this atypical finding are discussed in terms of the patterns of morbidity experienced by people with Down syndrome, especially at early and late stages of their lifespan. Am. J. Hum. Biol. 15:192–195, 2003. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

DOI

10.1002/ajhb.10132

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1002/ajhb.10132