Massachusetts Medical Society: Learn How to Close the Health Care Gender Gap

Learn How to Close the Health Care Gender Gap

Men’s Health Symposium is June 11

There is a persistent five- to seven-year gap in life expectancy between men and women. In the United States, the life expectancy for a man is 76 years of age; for a woman, it’s 81. Although male infants outnumber female infants at birth 105 to 100 in the United States, thereafter mortality at every age is generally higher for males. By age 35, there are more women than men, and by retirement there are approximately 85 men for every 100 women.

Vital Signs May 2014 - Bruce Campbell, M.D.
Bruce Campbell, M.D.

Men have a higher age-adjusted death rate compared to women from many of the leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer. The lifetime probability of developing an invasive cancer is higher for men, and men have a significantly higher death rate from motor vehicle accidents, and are at least four times more likely to commit suicide compared to women throughout life.

Head-to-Toe: Top Topics and Bottom Lines in Men’s Health

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — MMS headquarters, Waltham MA

Topics include:

  • Testosterone and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Aging and Desire
  • Relationships as We Age — the Harvard Men’s Health Longitudinal Study
  • Concussion: Best Practices for Return to School and Work
  • Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronie’s Disease
  • Substance Abuse and Psychological Distress in Men
  • Osteoporosis in Men
  • AHA/ACC Cholesterol Guidelines
  • Kidney Stones

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Why is there a gender gap in life expectancy? Certainly, unhealthy male behavior plays a role. Men are more likely to use tobacco products, abuse alcohol, and often make unhealthy lifestyle decisions. Men are more likely to have risky driving practices, including not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, and driving while intoxicated. Men are more likely to push themselves to unhealthy limits to succeed at their job at the expense of regular exercise, healthy dietary habits, and sleep.

Men also tend to avoid going to the doctor, and those that do tend to under-report their symptoms.

What can health care providers do to improve the state of men’s health? Come to the 12th Annual Symposium on Men’s Health, Head-to-Toe: Top Topics and Bottom Lines in Men’s Health,Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at MMS headquarters in Waltham, and learn from the leading experts in the field of men’s health how to optimize your male patients’ health.

—Bruce Campbell, M.D.
MMS Men's Health Committee Chair

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