How Guys Die
The 10 most deadly health threats to men.
No. 10: Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s is a brain disease correlated to aging, so the number of cases has been increasing as men live longer. Life expectancy after diagnosis ranges anywhere from two to 20 years.
No. 9: Kidney Disease
Your kidneys remove waste and toxins while also helping to regulate blood pressure and body water. Kidney diseases are predominantly brought on by diabetes or high blood pressure.
No. 8: Suicide
Depression is the common element in more than half of all suicide attempts, though only one in 10 attempts is successful. It appears men are more successful than women because they choose more certain methods of self-destruction (for example, a gunshot rather than sleeping pills).
No. 7: Pneumonia and Flu
The statistic that 36,000 people die from pneumonia and influenza every year scares a lot of Americans into getting a flu shot. Most are individuals with compromised immune systems, especially the elderly.
No. 6: Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes follows closely on the heels of this nation’s obesity epidemic. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states that 54 million Americans are pre-diabetic, meaning that blood glucose levels are approaching diabetic levels.
No. 5: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
COPD is not actually one disease but the co-existence of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These lung conditions are primarily caused by smoking—and they will kill you.
No. 4: Stroke
There are two types of strokes—those caused by a blocked artery (ischemic) and those due to bleeding in or around the brain (hemorrhagic). Both types result in the death of brain tissue, which can affect one’s entire body.
No. 3: Accidents
“Unintentional injuries” kill a staggering number of people every year. In 2004, the CDC’s total for men and women was 112,012. Vehicle accidents accounted for the most fatalities, followed by poisoning, falls and drowning.
No. 2: Cancer
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that cancer will take the lives of 289,550 men in 2007. However, the death rate for cancer’s major killers has steadily been decreasing. Even without a cure we could slash the rate by nearly one-third: ACS says tobacco accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths.
No. 1: Heart Diseases
Though heart disease is the longstanding No. 1 killer, its mortality rate since 1950 has been halved in the 25-to-64 age group. Approximately 28 percent of American men—more than one in four—die from cardiovascular diseases today.
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