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On average, men die 5 years sooner than women. Qualities traditionally appreciated in men such as strength, self-reliance, competitiveness and success lead to a reluctance for men to talk about or seek help with common urologic health problems such as difficulty urinating or sexual dysfunction. These conditions may be related to the underlying problems of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
If men would exercise as little as 15 minutes a day and keep their body weight within 10 lbs of the ideal weight for their age, the risk of dying prematurely could be cut significantly (Lancet 2011;278:1244-53). Each extra 15 min of daily exercise was linked to a 4% reduction in the risk of death.
When a man dies prematurely there is a higher risk of the family living in poverty and the children doing poorly in school.
The health of men has a direct and dramatic impact on the well-being of the entire family!
Men who seek medical help for sexual dysfunction or difficulty urinating need to make sure their physician is addressing their overall health and the potential underlying cause of their symptoms.