Health Library Explorer
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A-Z Listings Contact Us

November 2022

Men Aren’t as Healthy as They Think

Quick question, men: How do you think your health stacks up to that of your peers?

If you’re like most men—two-thirds, to be exact—you think you’re healthier than the average guy. That’s according to a new national survey of about 900 men.

Of course, that’s statistically impossible, since average means the middle mark. What’s more, these false beliefs are dangerous. The same survey found one-third of men don’t think they need annual health screenings.

A false sense of health proves harmful

Whether you’re a man yourself or someone who cares for one, this lack of attention to preventive care should be concerning.

After all, even the average man is less healthy than the average woman. Men die 5 years earlier—their life expectancy is about 75 years, whereas women can expect to live to more than 80.

Men also face a higher risk for serious diseases, including:

  • Heart disease

  • HIV

  • Lung cancer

Males face unique health concerns too, including prostate cancer. And they’re more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including smoking and heavy drinking.

Men, reclaim your well-being

The good news for guys is that you can take control of your health. Start by booking yearly visits with your healthcare provider, even if you feel fine.

Many diseases don’t have symptoms at first. But screening tests can catch conditions like cancer and diabetes early, when they’re easier to treat. Ask your provider about testing for:

  • High blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer, including lung, prostate, and colorectal

  • Bone health problems

  • Sexually transmitted infections

  • Depression and other mental health conditions

In addition, your provider can offer care that keeps you from getting sick in the first place. This includes vaccines for diseases like flu and medicines that ward off health issues—for example, vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures.




Online Medical Reviewer: Brian McDonough, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Ray Turley, MSN, BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2022
© 2000-2023 The StayWell Company, LLC. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Contact Our Health Professionals
Follow Us
The health content and information on this site is made possible through the generous support of the Haspel Education Fund.
StayWell Disclaimer