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31 Key Factors Explain Why Men Die 5 Years Younger Than Women
Why do men die younger than women? In Dying to Be Men, Dr. Will Courtenay examines over 2,000 studies and identifies 31 key factors that reveal differences between men and women that account for why men die younger.
The following key factors differ for men and women and contribute to men’s greater risk for serious disease, injury and death.
Physical abuse and violence
Behavioral responses to stress
Health care use
Self-rated health status
Perceived susceptibility to risk
Readiness to change unhealthy
Expression of emotions and
Biology and genetics
Societal beliefs about masculinity
and the social treatment of boys
Media and advertisements
Insurance coverage and health
Health care access
Institutional influences and research
Clinician–patient interaction and
Clinicians’ gender biases
Nearly all of these key factors can be modified or controlled to reduce men’s increased health risks.
Dr. Will Courtenay, “The Men’s Doc,” is a leading expert on men’s health and has served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
, and the University of California, San Francisco
, Medical School.