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Memo to Men: To Live Longer, Take Better Care of Your Body

Posted: February 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

(HealthDay News) -- As a general rule, men take lousy care of their health.

They shrug off injuries. They hate going to the doctor for anything. They pay little heed to warning signs for major health issues.

And the results of all that manliness are evident in the statistics. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

One in five American men has heart disease.
One in three adult men in the United States has high blood pressure.
Three in four American men are overweight.
Men overall are less healthy and have a shorter life span than women, according to the Men's Health Network, a national nonprofit group that promotes healthy living for men. And more than half of all premature deaths among men are preventable.

"Men are leading in nine out of the top 10 causes of death," said Scott Williams, vice president of the network. "I feel like we're starting behind where health is concerned, compared to women."

The main way men can improve the length and quality of their lives, Williams said, is to start taking a personal interest in their health. Read more...

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