Men may be catching up in lifespan – the life-expectancy gap between men and women has shrunk to 5.2 years, the narrowest since 1946 – but they still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Men tend to:
- Smoke and drink more than women, and generally lead less healthy lifestyles.
- Not seeking medical help as often as women.
- Join in fearless, risky, and dangerous behaviors more often than women.
- Largely define themselves by their work, which can be stressful and lead to being disconnected from their emotional side. This can add to problems in relationships, as well as in jobs and careers.
The good news is that many of the major health risks that men face can be prevented and treated if they are diagnosed early. So it is important to be in tune with your body so that you can raise any concerns with a doctor. You deserve to pay more attention to your health! And you deserve to take better care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.
To start taking better care of your health, talk to your doctor about your risks. Also, learn about the importance of routine medical care and screening tests.
- 23 percent of men currently smoke.
- 70 percent of men 20 years of age and older are overweight.
- 26 percent of men 20 years of age and older have hypertension.
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