Men die earlier than women for a number of reasons, though the gap is not as wide as it once was. Men are more susceptible to the number one killer – heart disease at a younger age, thought the odds are even after women reach menopause. Here are some other examples from Medline Plus, A Service of the National Library of Medicine, of the National Institute of Health.
While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it’s no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. They don’t seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.
There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face – like colon cancer orheart disease – can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It’s important to have regular checkups and screenings.