Eight Things You May Not Have Known About Men’s Health

1. Globally, women have longer lifespans than men. In the United States, women live an average of 81.2 years, while men have a life expectancy about five years shorter (76.3 years).

2. Heart disease is a leading killer in the United States with men dying more often than women and at a younger age.

3. Men are more reluctant to visit the doctor. Some are afraid of being given bad news while others are wary about undergoing unpleasant physical examinations.

4. Globally, tobacco is far more popular among men than women. The World Health Organization estimates that 40% of men worldwide consume tobacco products compared to only 9% for women.

5. Men are more likely to excessively consume alcoholic beverages.

6. Men have a greater tendency to drive without a seat belt and over the speed limit.

7. According to Harvard Health Publications, men are more reluctant than women to seek medical help for mental health issues, including depression and have a significantly higher suicide rate than their female counterparts.

8. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that nearly one-eighth (12 percent) of men in the United States are in either fair or poor health.

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