21 Fascinating Facts about Men’s Health You Might Not Know
The average adult man is about 5-foot-6. He weighs 165 to 178 pounds, and he is expected to live about 76 years.
From their average height to their average lifespan, genetics and environmental factors lead to some fascinating facts about men’s health, and they all intertwine to create a comprehensive picture that cardiologists and other physicians must taken into account when diagnosing patients.
In recognition of June as Men’s Health Month, we wanted to share some more of these facts about men’s health with you.
Men’s Health in Relation to Cardiovascular Disease
1. By ratio, men’s hearts are larger than women’s hearts.
3. The leading cause of death for men is heart disease, followed by cancer and accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
4. Also according to the CDC, nearly 348,000 men died of heart disease in 2017, equating to 1 in every four male deaths.
5. In 2018, nearly 16 of every 100 adult men smoked cigarettes.
6. Before the age of 50, men are more prone to hypertension than women are. Post-menopausal women, however, are at a higher risk.
7. Men burn calories faster; women’s metabolism tends to convert more food to fat.
8. According to a recent study described on the American Heart Association’s website, “erectile dysfunction is associated with a two-fold increase in heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death beyond traditional risk factors.”
9. Type 2 diabetes is more common in men, but women may have more serious complications.
10. Statistically, men diagnosed with heart disease are about 10 years younger than women diagnosed with heart disease, and sudden cardiac death is more common in men.
11. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
Random Facts about Men’s Health
12. The average lifespan for men was 76.1 in 2017, which is four months less than it was in 2014.
13. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15 to 34. Each year, about 30,000 men die of this cancer.
14. Men have facial hair because they have a higher level of androgens than women do. Genetics determines how thick and dark facial hair will be.
15. Men are over 5 times more likely to lose their hearing.
16. Men’s senses of taste and smell may not be as strong as women’s.
17. According to the Sleep Foundation, men need less sleep than women do — by about 20 minutes.
18. According to the National Kidney Foundation, men are not as likely to get kidney disease, but when they do, it’s more likely to progress to kidney failure.
19. Men have what we refer to as “Adam’s Apples” because the cartilage around the voice box protrudes more in men. They have bigger boxes, which give them deeper voices.
20. According to Michigan Eye Institute, men are more able to see small details and are better at visually tracking moving objects, but women are better able to distinguish between colors.
21. The idea that men are typically more muscular than women isn’t a stereotype as much as it is a fact. Women are about half as strong as men in their upper bodies and about two-third as strong in their lower bodies.