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How Men Can Live as Long as Women

From the moment a male is born statistics show that on average he will live a shorter life span than females -about 5 years - as well as have higher rates of 12 of the 15 leading causes of death. Forget the old joke that a married man wants to die. According to a new study the reason he dies first is because of the “ideals” of masculinity. The more manly he feels, the less likely he is to seek preventative medical care; then oops it’s too late.

A manly man sucks up the pain and will not go into a doctor’s office where he might be unable to hide his fear. Besides, his comfort food is red meat. “This research strongly suggests that deep-seated masculinity beliefs are one core cause of men’s poor health, inasmuch as they reduce compliance with recommended preventative health services,” said Kristen W. Springer, the study’s primary investigator, an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University. Note: Highly educated men with the strongest-held masculinity beliefs were just as unlikely to obtain preventative care as men with lower levels of education.

If you are woman living with a manly man who doesn’t get a yearly physical, what can you do?Since women are competing with men on all fronts and trying to equalize the playing field, some women are behaving like men with regarding to preventative health care which results in a shorter life span for them too. When it concerns your health: Embrace your feminine side!
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