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Mars vs. Venus: Who’s Healthier, men or women?

 

They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, this begs the question, who is healthier?

If you ask any guy, and he’ll tell you, men, rain supreme!  Men, are bigger and more muscular than women. They can run faster, lift more, and throw things farther. Men rule on the playing field. They would be mostly correct, HOWEVER, when talking in medical terms, it’s a very different story. When it comes to health, it is the women who are dominating this game.  

According to Harvard Health, every country with reliable health statistics reports that women live longer than men. The longevity gap is present both in industrialized societies and in developing countries. It’s a universal observation that suggests a basic difference between the health of men and women. 

 Men are nearly 10 times more likely to get inguinal hernias than women, and five times more likely to have aortic aneurysms. American men are about four times more likely to be hit by gout; they are more than three times more likely than women to develop kidney stones, to become alcoholics, or to have bladder cancer. And they are about twice as likely to suffer from emphysema or a duodenal ulcer. Although women see doctors more often than men, men cost our society much more for medical care beyond age 65.

When it comes to health, males are the weaker sex throughout life. But why?  There is no single answer. Instead, the gap depends on a complex mix of biological, social, and behavioral factors (see Table 2).

Table 2: Why do men lag?

Biological factors

Sex chromosomes

Hormones

Reproductive anatomy (?)

Metabolism

Social factors

Work stress

Lack of social networks and supports

Behavioral factors

Risky behavior

Aggression and violence

Smoking

Alcohol and substance abuse

Diet

Lack of exercise

Lack of routine medical care

So, what does this mean?

Men can’t change their chromosomes and genes, and very few would change their hormones. Still, men can catch up to women in some other areas. That doesn’t mean “going girly,” though it does mean following some simple rules.

Men who think they are too tough to get sick are risking a medical crash-landing. To stay healthy, we all need to follow the rules (including the one about seat belts). Here are 10 tips to help you wing your way to a long and healthy life.

1. Avoid tobacco in all its forms.

2. Eat well. That means eating more healthful foods and fewer harmful foods.

  • Eat more: whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, fish, low- or non-fat dairy products, and nuts and seeds.
  • Eat less: red meat, whole-milk dairy products, poultry skin, high-sodium (salty) processed foods, sweets, sugary drinks, and refined carbohydrates, and if you need to lose weight, calories.

3. Exercise regularly, including:

  • At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise nearly every day.
  • Exercises for strength two to three times a week.
  • Exercises for flexibility and balance according to need.

4. Stay lean. It’s equally hard for men and women, but even partial success will help.

5. If you choose to drink, limit yourself to one to two drinks a day, counting 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, and 1.5 ounces of liquor as one drink.

6. Reduce stress. Get enough sleep. Build social ties and community support.

7. Avoid risky behavior, including drug abuse, unsafe sex, dangerous driving, unsafe firearm use, and living in hazardous household conditions.

8. Reduce exposure to toxins and radiation, including sunlight and medical x-rays.

9. Get regular medical check-ups, screening tests, and immunizations. Listen to your body and report sounds of discord to your doctor.

10. Seek joy and share it with others. Laughter is good medicine. Fun and optimism improve health as well as happiness. And if you make changes 1 to 9 slowly, steadily, and reasonably, you will actually come to enjoy your healthful lifestyle.

As things now stand, men are from Mars, women from Venus. But gents who get their planets aligned correctly can enjoy the best of both worlds — and good health right here on Earth.

Let’s take this as an opportunity to raise awareness on men’s health! Let’s man up and take this thing by the horns!


 

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