Men’s health is a subjective state of full physical, emotional, and mental well-being, experienced by men, rather than just the absence of illness or infirmity. Differences in men’s health from that of women are largely attributable to different physiological factors, such as gender, race, age, genetics and social environment. Men have to deal with hormones that can affect their moods, sleep patterns, sexual drive and reproductive systems. The impact these things can have on men’s health are numerous and varied.
Men’s higher life expectancy has a lot to do with good health, but it is also influenced by other factors. Men have a higher life expectancy than women, even though they live longer than women. This may be due to some men being physically stronger and having greater resilience than women. But regardless of the strength of the body, the mind still works hard and some men have learning disabilities that affect their mental health, such as depression.
Depression is a common problem. It affects both men and women and is one of the highest contributors to premature death. Many of the risk factors for suicide rates in men are similar to those in women including increased stress and fatigue, substance abuse and unprotected sex, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems and suicidal thoughts. Men who experience chronic depression and high levels of stress are more likely to commit suicide.
Men are more likely to seek help for their mental health problems than women. Men are more likely to seek help for alcohol or drug abuse disorders and are more likely to die from these disorders. However, there are gender differences in how long people with mental health problems live. Men are about twice as likely to die from suicide than women after they seek treatment.
The consumption of alcohol can cause a variety of diseases including cancer, liver disease and cirrhosis. Alcohol use can also lead to higher levels of stress and anxiety, which can cause more serious health problems in later life including heart disease, stroke and even lung cancer. Men typically have a higher life expectancy than women. This is not the case for the cardiovascular disease category where men typically have a 10% longer life expectancy than women.
Both men and women can have sex-related health issues. The main difference is that men are less likely to seek treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. They also are more likely to have a partner who has an STD and is more likely to have multiple partners. Men are also less likely to engage in regular sexual activity, have more sex during the night and be sexually active during more leisurely times. Women are more likely to have multiple partners, have multiple sex partners and have sex at more casual times.