According to both common lore and statistics, women tend to live longer
than men. There are a number of factors behind this trend, but it’s
important to note that a shorter lifespan compared to that of a woman
is not inevitable. For Men’s Health Month this June, consider talking
to your physician at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose about your health status, risk factors, and lifestyle. Making a few simple
changes might keep you out of the emergency care department.
The leading reason why women tend to live longer than men is heart disease.
It’s true that women are at risk of heart disease, but their greatest
risk of heart disease comes after menopause. As you’ll discover
when you watch this featured video, this is largely due to the protection
given to women by their estrogen levels. In short, it’s best not
to take your heart health for granted. Your heart health can be affected
by underlying medical conditions and your lifestyle habits. Being proactive
about your cardiovascular wellness may minimize your risk of requiring
emergency care at a heart hospital.
Another reason why women tend to live longer than men is lung diseases,
including emphysema and lung cancer. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking causes one in five deaths, which makes it the
most common cause of preventable death in the U.S. As of 2014, the CDC
reported that almost 19 out of every 100 adult men are smokers, compared
to almost 15 out of every 100 adult women.
It is thought that depression is more common among women than men. However,
men who do have depression and who harbor suicidal thoughts may be more
likely to succeed in their suicide attempts compared to women in the same
situation. Additionally, men tend to be less likely to seek help from
their family physicians or psychologists than women.
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you’ll find caring family
physicians and specialists who can give you all the
medical guidance you need to make informed decisions for your wellness. Our state-of-the-art
medical facility in San Jose offers compassionate stroke care, emergency
care, and heart health services. If you have a general healthcare question
for our registered nurse, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.