5 Reasons Why Men Die Earlier Than Women

5 Reasons Why Men Die Earlier Than Women
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Ever had such a topic discussion with friends or in a class and wondered why men die earlier than women? Even with the statistics, on average, women live longer than men. The average lifespan is about 5 years longer for women than men in the U.S., and about 7 years longer worldwide.

However much we talk about it, why do men, on average, die first?

  1. Avoid doctors

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, men are far more likely to skip routine health screens and far less likely than women to have seen a doctor of any kind during the previous year. Just do a survey in your village dispensary and see how many men you will meet their queuing for a tab.

  1. Commit suicide more often than women.

This is true despite the fact that depression is considered more common among women and women make more (non-fatal) suicide attempts. Some attribute this to the tendency for men to avoid seeking care for depression and the cultural norms that discourage men from seeking help for mental illness.

5 Reasons Why Men Die Earlier Than Women

  1. Occupational hazards

Men far outnumber women in some of the riskiest jobs. These positions include firefighters, construction laborers, machine operators, maintenance, and repair workers.

  1. Poor Diet and Exercise

A nutrient-rich diet and regular exercise are crucial to maintaining optimal health. Both have been proven to reduce the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Yet, men are 50% less likely than women to maintain a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables.

  1. Take bigger risks.

The frontal lobe of the brain, the part that controls judgment and consideration of an action’s consequences develops more slowly in boys and young men than females. This tendency toward lack of judgment and consideration of consequences may also contribute to detrimental lifestyle decisions among young men, such as smoking or drinking to excess.

Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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