On average, more than one in five men is still dying between the ages 16 and 65, and more than two in five before the age of 75 – with death rates amongst men in the poorest areas of the country being even worse.
Heart disease and cancer
- Men are still more likely to die of circulatory disease and cancer.
- 75% of premature deaths from coronary heart disease are male.
- Men have a 37% higher risk of dying from cancer and a 67% higher chance of dying from cancers that affect both men and women (Excluding breast cancer and those cancers that affect either women only or men only).
67% of men are overweight or obese.
Middle-aged men are twice as likely to have diabetes as women – and twice as likely not to know they have diabetes.
Four in five suicides are by men – suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 and there has been a sharp increase in the rate among men aged 35-64.
Men are more likely than women to:
- smoke, smoke more cigarettes per day and smoke hand-rolled tobacco
- eat too much salt
- eat too much red and processed meat
- eat too little fruit and too few vegetables
- drink alcohol and drink at hazardous levels. Men are twice as likely to have liver disease.
Men's Health Manifesto (PDF, 263kb)
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