Men have a shorter life expectancy than women.
This trend has been observed across time and geography, and while there are biological, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to it.
Women have exposure to hormone profiles that differ from men, which can affect their overall health.
Women tend to have more robust immune systems than men, which makes them more resistant to diseases.
However, biological factors alone cannot explain the entire life expectancy gap.
Men tend to engage in riskier behaviors than women, such as driving faster, riding motorcycles, and smoking. These behaviors can lead to accidents and illnesses that shorten their lifespans.
Men are also less likely to seek out mental health treatment than women, which puts them at a higher risk of dying by suicide.
Men tend to work in more dangerous jobs, which can increase their risk of work-related injuries and fatalities.
There are several steps we can take to help men live longer and close the life expectancy gap..
Encourage men to adopt healthier behaviors, such as eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.
Encourage men to seek out mental health treatment when they need it and to address the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
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