men's health

Women are likely to outlive men. Here’s how medical studies explain it!

Do you invest more time and money in taking care of your car or favorite gadgets than your body? If yes, you’re not the only one. Apparently, majority of men lack health education and lead an unhealthy lifestyle. This results in steady deterioration of men's health.

"Men put their health last. Most of them think, if they can live up to their roles in society, then they're healthy,” says Demetrius Porche, DNS, RN, editor in chief of the American Journal of Men's Health.

"As long as they're working and feeling productive, most men aren't considering the risks to their health," he adds.

As a matter of fact, men are less likely to be healthier than women from infancy to old age. They lead women in 14 out of 15 leading causes of death. The exception being Alzheimer's disease, which majority of the men don't live long enough to develop. They also die five years earlier as compared to their wives, on average.

According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three adult men suffers from some form of cardiovascular disease. A few health conditions such as prostate cancer and low testosterone can be seen only in men.

Stroke targets more than 3 million men while hypertension is quite common in males under the age of 45. Prostate cancer happens to be the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer. Also, around two-third men (older than 70) have problems like erectile dysfunction. This can also be seen in 39% of 40-year-old men.

Contrary to what is commonly believed, depression affects far more men as compared to women. Their tendency to hide depressed feelings or express them is way different from women. A research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that men are more prone to alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women. They drink twice as much as women. This further increases their level of aggression and sexual assault against women.

Various studies highlight that depression and suicide are among the major causes of death in men; especially in case of young men. Rather than expressing unhappiness or crying, men tend to show anger and become aggressive. They resort to other alternatives like alcohol or drugs instead of sharing their sadness with anyone. In very rare and extreme cases, they seek help for depression.

Apart from the biological reasons, men’s approach towards their health is responsible for this to a great extent. Studies show that men consult doctors less than women and are more likely to have a serious condition when they consult them.

With women likely to outlive men, it’s high time for the latter to start taking charge of their health!

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