More boys than girls are born every year in the UK. But any lead in health that men start with vanishes with the first dirty nappy.
From infancy to old age, women tend to be healthier than men.
Around one-third of babies born in 2013 are projected to live to 100, but with more women than men becoming centenarians.
The reasons women outlive men are not fully understood, but men not seeing the doctor if they are unwell probably doesn’t help. The National Pharmacy Association says men are much less likely than women to take advantage of primary care health services, including GPs and pharmacies. Men visit their GP around four times a year compared to six times for women.
But even if you're feeling healthy, a little planning can help you stay that way. The top threats to men's health aren't secrets: They're known, common and often preventable. So what are the top health threats to men and how can they be avoided?
High blood pressure (18.3%), increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke
High cholesterol (15.6%), another big risk factor for heart disease and stroke
Obesity (10.7%), risking heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and its complications
Not enough fruit and veg (8.7%), not consuming 5-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers
Lack of exercise (6.2%), not achieving the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week increases the risks of heart disease, stroke and bowel cancer
These are just the top six health risks. There are many other ways men die earlier, from suicide to car accidents.
Statistics also suggest married men live longer, as does sticking to recommended alcohol limits. Getting a good night's sleep, avoiding stress and remembering to use safety equipment for any risky activity also help men live longer.
ONS: One third of babies born in 2013 are expected to live to 100, Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables, Winter 2013 update
National Pharmacy Association
NHS Choices: The Atlas of Risk
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