Studies have shown that men are at higher risk of death than women. Women are 33 percent more likely to go to the doctor with health concerns than men. Men die from the top 10 causes of death more than women do and also tend to have a shorter life span. Back in the early 1900s, women-only outlived men by a year. However, now the gap has widened and an average woman outlives a man by over five years. It hasn’t been the necessary diseases that have been been the downfall for the life expectancy. Instead, it is the lack of monitoring of health conditions earlier in life. The top concerns for men’s health are increasing with the following diseases.
Heart disease is the leading killer among women and men but twice as many males die from heart disease instead of females. One in four men has a form of heart disease which usually arises later in life. Heart disease in men typically arise ten years earlier than women. Older men who have a family history have a greater risk of complications from heart disease. Factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, inactivity, obesity, and diabetes also increase the chances of complications.
Strokes come in at the third leading killer following heart disease and cancer. Men are 1.25 times more likely to have a stroke than women. Risk factors such as race, gender, and age factor into the risk of having a stroke. Many other risk factors are similar to those of heart disease and can be reduced in similar ways. Changing dietary factors and amount of exercise can reduce the chances of suffering from a stroke.
Suicide and Depression
Compared to women, men are four times more likely to commit suicide. Reports from the MHN credit the higher suicide rates to undiagnosed depression in men. With studies showing that men are unlikely to open up and show symptoms of depression, there are still 6 million men out there openly seeking help for depression. Depression in men can be played out as anger, aggression, burnout, life crisis, and substance abuse. The stigma men have to hide or ignore their pain can work against men and continue to lead to these higher suicide rates in men.
Though many leading health issues are the same in men and women, men continue to be at increasing risk. Being proactive about going to the doctor about health problems earlier in life could have the potential to significantly reduce the higher death rate in men.