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.
A newborn baby boy in the UK can now expect to live for 78.1 years, whereas a newborn baby girl can expect to live for 82.1 years.
As women tend to live longer than men, females account for slightly over 50% of UK the population.
The reasons women outlive men are not fully understood, but men not seeing the doctor if they are unwell probably doesn’t help. A 2012 study by the National Pharmacy Association found that men were 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 putting 5-a-day on your plate at mealtimes 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 maximum 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: Measuring National Well-being: Life in the UK, 2012, Statistical bulletin: 2011 Census: Population Estimates for the United Kingdom, 27 March 2011
National Pharmacy Association
NHS Choices: The Atlas of Risk
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