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  • Average life expectancy for men is 75 years; for women it is 81 years.

  • Male deaths are greater at all ages, and the discrepancy begins from infancy.

Young Adults (15-24 years)

  • Males are nearly three times as likely to die as females.

  • Males are three times more likely to die from motor vehicle accidents.

  • Males are four times more likely to suicide.

Adults (25-64 years)

  • Males are twice as likely to die as females.

  • Males are four times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

  • Males are twice as likely to develop NIDDM.

  • Males are four times more likely to suicide.

  • Males are three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident and four times as likely to die in other accidents.

  • Males are at least three times more likely to die from alcoholic liver disease.

Source: Pattison, A. (1998). The 'M' Factor: Men and their health. Simon and Schuster: Australia.
Department of Human Services Victoria (1999) Victorian Burden of Disease Study: Mortality
Department of Human Services Victoria (1999) Victorian Burden of Disease Study: Morbidity

Consider the following tableā€¦

Cause of death 15-34 years 35-54 years 55-74 years
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Cardiovascular Disease 38 14 385 133 2,216 1,082
Injuries 427 114 285 88 208 80
Cancer 53 56 409 499 2,563 1,688
Diabetes 2  - 23 14 215 136
Mental Disorder 104 26 48 10 24 6

Table 1 shows deaths by age, sex and cause for Victorians in 1996.
Source: Department of Human Services Victoria (1999) Victorian Burden of Disease Study: Mortality

Changeable Risk factors

  • Men are more likely to eat foods high in fat.

  • Men tend to exercise less (after age 35).

  • Men are more likely to drink alcohol in excessive amounts.

  • Men are more likely to smoke.

  • Men are more likely to use illicit drugs.

  • Risk-taking behaviour can mistakenly be believed to demonstrate masculinity.

  • Men are less likely to admit to experiencing emotional stress.

  • Men are less likely to visit a GP without being prompted.

  • Men are less likely to seek preventive assistance.

  • Men are often effective when they decide to change their risk behaviours.

Source: Alexander, G. (1992/93) Dilemmas of care, XY Men, Sex, Politics, 2(4), 21-22. Department of Health and Aged Care; (1998) Men's health: A research agenda and background report

 

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