The State of Men's Health
Men in the United States suffer more severe chronic conditions and die six years younger than
women. For all leading causes of death men have higher death rates than women. In Michigan the
average life expectancy is 74.1 years for men and 79.5 years for women .Despite many advances
in research and treatment these statistics have not improved over the last 20 years. Research
suggest that men’s greatest health risks are the result of modifiable factors, and efforts to address
these factors through practice, policy, and research could contribute to enhanced health conditions
for men. Leading areas of concern are that men are less likely to go to a doctor to seek help, they
are less likely to take time off work for health concerns, and that many unhealthy behaviors are part
of how men define masculinity in our society.
Researchers have identified the following barriers to men's health:
- Men in the United States are more likely than women to adopt beliefs and behaviors that
increase their risks, and are less likely to engage in behaviors that are linked with health
and longevity (Courtenay, 2003).
- Men and adolescent males who adopt traditional or stereotypic beliefs about masculinity
have greater health risks than their peers with less traditional beliefs (Eisler, 1995; Good et
- Men and boys have smaller social networks, fewer, less intimate friendships, and they are
less likely to have a close confidant, particularly someone other than a spouse (Courtenay,
- Men respond in less healthy ways to stress and are more likely to withdraw socially
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