Men not as healthy as women. They’re doing it to themselves.
It might surprise you to know that, overall, women are healthier than men. Men tend to die five years before women of the same age. Of the 15 leading causes of death, men are in the lead in all of them except Alzheimer’s disease and that seems to be because many men don’t live long enough to develop it.
Some of the reasons for men being less healthy than women are biological. The rest tend to be because men have a habit of putting their health last on their list of priorities. Many men wait until there’s a big issue before seeing a doctor.
Most lifestyle-related risk factors – smoking, overuse of alcohol, physical inactivity, being overweight/obese – are more prevalent in Canadian men than women. There’s no question this contributes to earlier death for men.
Cardiovascular disease affects both men and women, however the average age of men’s deaths from cardiovascular disease is under 65 while for women the average age is 71. For reasons no one can yet explain, men’s arteries develop atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries earlier than women do. Many contributors to the development of cardiovascular disease can be changed with a good health program.
A consideration: erectile dysfunction, while not life-threatening, can be signalling a health problem. It can even be an early sign of cardiovascular disease.
Type 2 Diabetes is also more prevalent in men. Weight challenges, diet choices and low activity levels are all contributing to men being more at risk than women.
Depression and suicide were long thought to be a spot where women were leading but it appears from more recent research the statistics that suggested women were more depressed and suicidal than men may have been the result of men holding in their feelings. And that’s not good for lots of health reasons. It also seems that, while more women attempt suicide, more men are successful at it.
There is something men can do to combat their leading position for ill-health and death. Taking care of yourself can make a difference. Choosing to stop smoking, refrain from overuse of alcohol, have a personalized eating and exercise plan – all of these can help turnaround your risks.
The men’s health wellness programs at Our Clinic may be able to help. An integrated team of healthcare professionals can develop an individualized program especially designed for you. Your program starts with an assessment with our Treatment Navigator who will review your current health and goals with you. Diet, exercise, clinical counselling and other therapies are combined to create an individualized program. Sexual health can also be addressed as part of the program.