Why is it that men are dying an average of five years younger than women and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death? Especially since more males than females are born (105 vs 100 per 100,000 births), but by the age 35, women outnumber men!

The facts are; men are at a greater risk for death in every age group. Men are 7 times more likely to commit suicide than women and account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries.

This link to the top causes of death chart show men lead every category beside breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/causesofdeath.pdf

A few key components are, that men do not see physicians for a physical exam nearly as often as women and men are more likely to be uninsured than women. Men are also more likely to engage in unhealthy activities, more likely to work in a dangerous occupations, be obese and less likely to seek mental health assistance.

Think that you’re a woman and this doesn’t affect you? Think again. Not only do women live longer and watch their fathers, husbands and sons suffer and die younger, but more than half of the elderly widows now living in poverty were not poor before the death of their spouse.

More than half of premature deaths among men are preventable. By encouraging the men in your life, they will be more likely to take an active role in their health.

Here is an in-depth guide to men’s health: https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/blueprint.pdf

Let’s use Men’s Health Month to start taking care of ourselves and the men in our lives. If you’re a man, find someone to hold you accountable. If you’re a women, encourage the men in your life to start taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle.