According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average lifespan for men is 6 years less (2022 average 73.5 years) than women (2022 average 79.3 years).
The CDC reports heart disease and cancer as leading causes of death among men, and cites leading risks among men 18 years and older:
- Alcohol consumption including binge drinking. 30.9% of men had 5 or more drink in 1 day at least once during past year.
- Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 18 and Over: United States, 2020. Over 60% of men did not get recommended weekly aerobic (150 minute moderate, or 75 minute vigorous) and muscle-strengthening (2 times a week) activity.
- Smoking. Over 13% of adult men still report smoking.
- Obesity. 40% men aged 20 were obese according to a 2017-March 2020 survey.
- Hypertension, measured as high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication. 50.5% adult males reported having hypertension during a 2017-March 2020 survey.
Men can modify behaviors to reduce these risks of developing chronic health conditions.