MINNEAPOLIS --- Why do guys take better care of their cars than they do themselves? Guys are great when it comes to keeping their cars tuned up. They think nothing about making appointments to change the oil, replace the air filter and lube the chassis. Every few months they check the tire pressure while filling up the gas tank.
The CDC says women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. The decision to avoid the doctor has a direct negative impact on guys.
- Men die an average of six years earlier than women. Average life expectancy for women is 80.4 years, while men live, on-average, only 75.2 years.
- Men die at higher rates than women from health issues like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, accidents, and suicide. Irregular contact with doctors means men don't receive preventive care for potentially life-threatening conditions.
- 33% of men have no regular physician. During the past year,
- 24% had no contact with a doctor.
The New York Times Magazine reports:
- Men suffer hearing loss at twice the rate of women.
- Men are four times as likely to commit suicide.
- Men have a higher death rate from flu and pneumonia.
- Men have fewer infection-fighting T-cells.
A man's health affects women too. Because men die earlier, older women are three times as likely to be living alone. Seven out of ten 'baby boom' women will outlive their husbands. Women are twice as likely to be living in poverty during their older age. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, more than one-half of elderly widows now living in poverty were not poor before the death of their husbands.
Health Maintenance Guide for Guys
Health Fair 11 has created a simple one-sheet guide to help men figure out when and how often they should be getting medical attention. Click here to check out the Health Maintenance Guide for Guys.
Print out the guide and share it with an important guy in your life. The Health Maintenance Guide for Guys is made possible by Health Fair 11, a partnership of KARE 11, UCare, and North Memorial.