According to an article from menshealth.com.au, “The average life expectancy for men is 5 years shorter than it is for women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
Why is this?
Well, we’ve gathered 5 reasons why men are dying young from this article so that you can better protect yourself or your loved ones.
- They put off going to the doctor.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 1 in 4 men haven’t been to the doctor in a year. Most men are afraid of what the doctor will tell them.
While this may be common for men to feel this way, it is actually dangerous for their overall health — going to the doctor can help to catch the early stages of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
- They don’t de-stress.
The American Psychological Association (APA) says that men are less likely to say that they are stressed than women are, even if they are experiencing extremely high levels of it.
Being stressed makes your body produce a higher amount of stress hormones, and these hormones can lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Not taking care of your mental health can increase your risk of having a heart attack and stroke later in your life.
- They don’t cut down on alcohol.
According to this article, men are twice as likely to binge drink as women (5+ drinks in 2 hours). This means that their chances of driving drunk also increase, leading to more accidents resulting in death.
Along with accidents, people who drink are also more likely to get mouth, colon, liver, and throat cancer.
- They may smoke more.
The World Health Organization says that 40% of men smoke compared to only 9% of women. Ditch the cigarettes — it can add up to 15 years to your life!
The American Cancer Society says that 15 years after your last cigarette, your risk of having heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.
- They don’t take care of their mental health.
According to this article, “Men make up nearly 80 percent of all suicides and it’s the seventh most common cause of death for men.”
With this staggering statistic, it is important to take care of your anxiety and depression. Reach out to others!