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.
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