Men are statistically more likely to die at a higher rate than women for the top 10 causes of death. The good news is that much of this is preventable. According to a Centers for Disease Control report, women are 33% more likely than men to visit a doctor in general. Men also die sooner than women: on average, women survive men by over five years.
Learn more about the top five biggest killers for men — and how to prevent them.
- Heart Disease. Some contributing factors of heart disease, like sex and family history, can’t be prevented. But other risk factors are relatively straightforward to control. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a diet rich in fiber and low in fat, and quitting smoking can reduce your risk greatly.
- Stroke. Controlling high blood pressure, or hypertension, is crucial to preventing stroke. The same lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of heart disease can also help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.
- Suicide. Historically, society has told men to be “strong” and not show emotion — but that’s proved to be fatal. Depression is a serious medical condition. If you aren’t enjoying life, aren’t finding happiness in activities you once loved, or feel a sense of hopelessness, treat it as a medical emergency and seek help immediately.
- Prostate Cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal be offered annually for healthy men starting at age 50 or older. Men who are at high risk — such as those who have family history of prostate cancer or who are black — should begin testing earlier.
- Lung Cancer. The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking. It’s never too late to quit smoking; in fact, your circulation and blood pressure can show measurable improvements just days after you quit.