I know some of you female readers have already muttered “no duh” under your breath but what I’m about to share took me by surprise.
I knew that men, on average, don’t live as long as women. I thought men died younger because of testosterone, risk taking, more manual labor, so on and so forth. The truth is, men are just weak and death seems to favor males at every stage of life.
Even in the fetal stage males lag females. Miscarriages are more often male than female. Even when males are born they are at a disadvantage. In America, 105 males are born for every 100 females. Male babies born prematurely die more often than females. Gender is actually a better predictor of mortality than birth weight. You can be born very small and if you’re a girl you’re chances of survival are better.
The teen to early 20s is when males really start to take a hit compared to females and this actually makes a little sense. This is the time in life when men fight, go to war and act stupid (mostly to impress a female). Deaths during this time period are mostly accidental, suicidal, homicidal or war related.
It’s middle age when men actually start to hold their own a bit with women but it doesn’t last long. In our mid-50s men begin to accelerate their dying and that difference peaks between their 60s and 70s. Later in life, 90 plus, it’s not even close. 9 out of every 10 human beings age 100 or more are female (if you’re a 100-year-old male looking for a female companion of the same age, the odds are in your favor).
A recent study is trying to figure out why men are the weaker species. It seems that “mere maleness” is a predictor of greater mortality and male chromosomes tend to be more affected by disease at all ages.
Which brings me to my point. As a whole men are very health care averse. A majority of men think they can “tough out” things like chest pain, a persistent cough, a nagging ache and just not feeling right. Men need health care and they need regular medical exams.
Men, you’re already at a disadvantage because of your chromosomes, give yourself at least a fighting chance – see your doctor or primary care provider at least once a year…