Women and Osteoporosis At the turn of the century, the average lifespan for women was 48 years. The average for a girl born today is 82 years. While medical advances have downgraded some diseases from fatal to manageable, others still rob people of their independence. Women are four times more likely than men to face osteoarthritis. Dr. Laura Tosi joins host Neal Conan to provide prevention tips for people of all ages.