Men’s Health offers these four reasons men die five years before women do. Unless, of course, you heed our death-defying advice:
She goes to the doctor
Hypochondriac or not, women have checkups about 33 percent more often than men do, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. But 52 percent of women took at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days, versus 43 percent of men, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Some of the drugs were opioids, which contributed to 16,000 deaths in 2013. Go to the doc for prevention, not pills, guys.
She is better connected
Nearly one in five men over 50 have contact with their friends less than once a month, as opposed to only 12 percent of women. Loneliness is a health hazard in a Swedish study, half of elderly participants with close friends and family lived at least one and a half years longer than those who lacked a rich social network. Take a class or join an exercise club or rec league to benefit from more social time.
She is a true believer
According to a Pew Research Center study, more women than men are religious, which is associated with healthier behaviors. And researchers at Florida State University found that people who consider themselves members of a valued groups, such as sports fans who pull together to cheer on their team, had higher feelings of belonging, resulting in fewer suicides. A big win there.
She saves for retirement
She also takes fewer investment risks. Time to raise your game, high income is a key to longevity. So do not be afraid to start a new career. The American Institute for Economic Research found that 82 percent of people who launched a new career after age 45 were successful, and almost nine out of ten said they were happy with the change.
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