Men’s health – here are some facts

Men’s health – here are some facts

It’s not news that men are different from women when it comes to health. Men are less likely to go to the doctor when there is a problem even though in most countries men have a shorter lifespan than women. The following facts are less known although they are important to understand men and their health.

  • Men are twice as likely as women to die from heart disease.
  • Men are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes.
  • Men smoke more than women and are almost two and a half times more likely to develop lung cancer.
  • More men are overweight than women (62% compared to 45%).
  • Men are more likely to have a high-fat diet.
  • Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than their female counterparts.
  • Because more outdoor workers are men, they are more likely to develop skin cancer.
  • One in eleven men develop prostate cancer.
  • Men’s immune system is significantly weaker than women’s, mostly due to estrogen’s immune-boosting influence.
  • Males and females have similar LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, but women have substantially higher levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
  • Women have much larger and more reliable social networks than men. A recent study found that 28% of women but only 9% of men can rely on friends for support. Men were two and a half times more likely than women to lack social support.
2017-08-17T18:42:05+00:00