Statistically speaking, men will die six years sooner than women. We have higher death rates for the 15 leading causes of death.
Here are some stats from the National Center for Health Statistics:
- In 1950 the age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 men was 1,647.2.
- For women it was 1,236.
- In 2000 the rate for men was 1,053.8.
- For women it was 731.4.
- In 2004 the rate for men was 955.7.
- For women it was 679.2.
- In 1950 the death rate among men from heart disease was 697.
- For women it was 484.7.
- In 2000 the rate for men was 320.
- For women it was 210.9.
- In 2004 the rate for men was 267.9.
- For women it was 177.3.
The numbers, whether taken together or broken down by cause of death, show that while age-adjusted death rates of men and women have made huge strides, men still trail.
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I bring this up to spotlight Integris Health’s annual Men’s Health University Men’s Fit Club. The program appropriately began the day after the Super Bowl. It is a weight-loss class offered just for men, of all ages. It focuses on eating habits and increasing fitness.
Men-U is a series of events throughout the year to educate men and their loved ones on how to take care of their health. Health checks such as prostate cancer screenings are featured, and then there’s the Man Card, from Integris and WWLS The Sports Animal. Cardholders earn points that can be redeemed for prizes.
The class runs through April 17 and will be every Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Integris Pacer Fitness Center. The cost is $240 — less for those with a Man Card. Call (405) 951-2277 or (888) 951-2277 for more information.
One reason men die earlier may be because they avoid going to the doctor. A 2007 survey of more than 1,000 men for the American Academy of Family Physicians showed almost one-third wait as long as possible before seeking medical attention.
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Jeff Raymond, Medical Writer