Men can stop dying sooner than women if they make healthy choices

Men are unhealthy and much more likely to die sooner than women.

That is an important message that men should take to heart this summer, according to Dr. Gary Grosel, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare of Ohio.

“Men should take their health more seriously,” the doctor said.

New data released this spring have revealed that men in North Central Ohio have a life expectancy of just 76.2 years, compared to 81.2 years for their female counterparts.

“That’s a five-year difference,” Grosel noted.

Numbers reveal poor health

Numbers compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control appear staggering for the typical man who lives in the United States.

The worst figure reveals that 51.9% of American men aged 20 and older have hypertension, and 40.5% of those in the same age group are clinically obese.

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Only 57.6% of men over 18 “met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity,” the CDC reports.

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