Elizabeth II has a good chance of being healthier than one of her average subjects because of her high-class.
The Queen, as she celebrates her 90th birthday tomorrow (21 April), like most women 85 and over, would normally expect to be six and ten times more likely than men to have rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and thyroid problems and, overall, have a significantly higher levels of disability.
Professor Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology at the University of Brighton, said many problems reported by 20-40 per cent of 1,000 people, 85 and over, who took part in a Newcastle 85+ study, would have difficulty carrying out royal duties because of incontinence, falling and visual impairment.
“Given that listening to politicians is an important part of the role, readers may wish to decide for themselves if advancing age has conferred an advantage or a disadvantage on the two-thirds of the cohort who report hearing difficulties.”
Professor Faragher, in an article in The Conversation, the website for news, comment and analysis, written by academics and researchers, said it would seem the odds are against the Queen continuing working.
“However, she does have three potential advantages. Firstly she has blue blood, and in the general population there is an (approximately) linear relationship between healthy life expectancy and social class.
To read Professor Faragher’s article, go to the conversation website