Overcoming the Gender Gap in Health

medical-563427_1280According to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch, the American lifestyle’s emphasis on healthier diets and regular exercise has improved life expectancy. The gender gap hasn’t changed. People of both sexes are living longer, but decade after decade, women continue to outpace men. In fact, the gap is wider now than it was a century ago.

This passage from a recent Health Watch report shows the burden men face:

“Men die younger than women, and they are more burdened by illness during life. They fall ill at a younger age and have more chronic illnesses than women. American men…are more than three times more likely than women to develop kidney stones, to become alcoholics, or to have bladder cancer…Although women see doctors more often than men, men cost our society much more for medical care beyond age 65.”

To learn more, read: Mars vs. Venus: The gender gap in health.