In the health world, men have a bad rap. Out of the 15 leading causes of death, men lead women in 14 of them. The only disease that women are more likely to get than men is Alzheimer’s disease and that’s because many men don’t live long enough to develop it. If you’re a married heterosexual male, chances are you’ll die an average of five years earlier than your wife. The explanation behind this health gap is a complicated one.
To start, according to a 2001 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are 33% more likely to visit a doctor, which helps in preventative care. In addition, most men put their physical and mental health low on the list of priorities. Instead, most men focus on living up to their roles in society by making enough money, securing a stable job, and developing personal relationships while paying little attention to their own health.
1. Heart disease
Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women, but almost twice as many males will actually die of conditions that affect the cardiovascular system. According to the CDC, one in four males has some form of heart disease, and if you have a family history of heart disease or are a high-risk ethnicity, it pays to be extra careful. For starters, get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly and don’t smoke. An active lifestyle is also a key preventative measure.