I am not talking about people killing other people here but health threats that are the most common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has data from 2003 (the most recent they have) of the top ten health issues that threaten the lives of the male population most. And they are:
1. Heart disease
3. Unintentional injuries
5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
7. Influenza and pneumonia
9. Kidney disease
10. Alzheimer’s disease
So why are men more susceptible to these diseases that ultimately lead to death? There is no clear cut reasoning but researchers think that one reason may be the lifestyle of most men. Take note, this is not a sweeping statement as different men have different lifestyles. However, it is a fact that even in the most modern of societies, there are certain behaviors that are more acceptable for men than women.
The article on MSN Men’s Health section states:
Socially sanctioned “male” behavior also may predispose men to premature death. CDC statistics show men are more likely to smoke, drink, use illicit drugs and engage in casual sex than are women — all of which can increase their risk of serious diseases. Males are also more likely to take risks and behave aggressively, which may partly explain why they have a higher risk of dying from accidents, suicide and homicide. Young men are especially at risk. In young men, accidents, suicide and homicide are among the most frequent causes of death. In young and middle-aged men, AIDS is on the top 10 list.
Originally posted on June 14, 2008 @ 12:46 pm