Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Want to live longer, men? Speak up.

Anybody who walks into a nursing home can see the imbalance. Most people's grandmothers outlive their grandfathers, and 85 percent of centenarians are women.

Eighty percent of Americans who have a serious drug addiction are men; more than 80 percent of drunk drivers are men; during young adulthood, the peak age for homicide, suicide and accidental death, three men die for every woman.

Women visit the doctor more often than men, and nearly twice as often for preventive care, according to a 2001 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And a survey done by Harris Interactive for the American Academy of Family Physicians. released in June 2007 showed that 78 percent of all married men who visited a doctor had been influenced to come in by their wives.

Men -- there's no need for this imbalance!