A lot goes into staying healthy and some of these things are different for women and men. Ladies, test your men's health knowledge with this HowStuffworks quiz!
Half of all men over the age of 50 are expected to experience some kind of male pattern baldness. Usually, it has no serious health consequences.
Often male pattern baldness is common and relatively harmless. It's an inherited condition associated with male sex hormones called androgens.
While men are less likely to seek professional help than women, it's estimated that roughly six million men struggle with depressive disorders. Men also commit suicide more often than women do.
Two-thirds of men older than 70 have erectile dysfunction. While this is not life threatening on its own, it can be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
According to the American Heart Association, over 1 in 3 men have some form of heart disease. Over half of all Americans have at least three risk factors.
While women have two complete X chromosomes, men have an X and small Y chromosome. This means that men are more likely to suffer from issues due to abnormal genes, like color blindness. Eight percent of men of Northern European descent are colorblind.
There are many factors which can contribute to heart disease, both genetic and lifestyle-related. Men are also at a higher risk for heart disease than women.
According to data from 2006, male teens were nearly two times more likely to die in car accidents than female teens. This includes both as drivers and passengers for ages 15-19.
While one-fifth of people die of cardiovascular disease, men die of it on average six years earlier than women. Even in children, girls' arteries look healthier than boys'. Experts think that this could be because females naturally have higher levels of good cholesterol than males.
Men face higher rates of deaths and hospitalizations than women. They also binge drink twice as much.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men that sits below the bladder and before the rectum. This cancer affects 14 percent of American men.
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Of all of these cases, 10 percent are genetic.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy affects 1 out of every 3,600 males, and almost never females. Sufferers have muscle deterioration and learning problems. It is eventually fatal.
While biological reasons do play into women having a longer lifespan, they do not alone account for the entire five-year gap. Studies have shown that men are less likely to seek professional help for mental and physical health issues, even if their symptoms are extreme, which makes them less likely to recover than women.
Men go to the doctor less than women overall, only seeking help when things become unbearable. Many men forego yearly check ups and preventative care entirely, which sometimes causes things that would have been easily curable early on to balloon into life-threatening problems.
Out of the 15 leading causes of death, such as lung cancer, men lead in all of them. On average, men die five years earlier than women.
In 2006 roughly 5,500 fatal workplace injuries were reported. 92 percent of them happened to men.
Your liver is a football-sized organ in your abdomen that helps you digest food. Men have liver diseases at higher rates, which can be due to both genetic and lifestyle factors.
Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S. On average there are about 120 committed per day. Most of these are by men, who commit suicide 3.5 times more often than women.
Untreated diabetes can cause a host of problems for men. These include nerve damage, organ damage, stroke, blindness and lower testosterone levels, which can lead to impotence.
Two-thirds of all skin cancer-related deaths in 2013 were men. 60 percent of all of these deaths were Caucasian men older than 50.
Hemophilia can cause blood clotting issues, joint issues and heart defects. It's carried on the X chromosome, so even if women have the one X chromosome carrying hemophilia, their second X chromosome protects them from its affects.
As of 2010, 76 percent of people living with HIV were men. African-American men have the highest rate of new HIV infection amongst this group, according to the CDC.
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in men, and less than half of the men diagnosed in a given year are alive the next year. It is hard to detect and spreads quickly, making it difficult to diagnose and cure. However, smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancers, so it is an easy risk to minimize.
Fragile X is a condition which affects about 1 in 3,600 males. It causes distinctive facial features, intellectual disability and symptoms which look like autism and ADHD.
In 2006, unintentional injury was the largest cause of death for men. These include traumatic brain injuries, drowning and fireworks-related accidents.
Every year, more and more men develop lung cancer. The leading cause of lung cancer is smoking.
Lung cancer is the leading killer of both men and women in the US. In 2016 it was estimated to have accounted for about 27 percent of all deaths from cancer.
While 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, only 1 in 35 will die from it. Many types of prostate cancer are non-aggressive and do not spread.
Alport syndrome affects only 1 out of every 50,000 people. Carried on the X-chromosome, it often causes kidney problems and eventual failure in men. Women with it often live to old age.
Men are 25 percent more likely to die of these diseases than women. They are two of the biggest health risks for men.
While experts initially thought that women experienced depression more than men, they have come to rethink this in recent years. Men are less likely to visit doctors and more likely to hide their depression or express it differently, meaning that these old numbers are probably skewed. Suicide is the eighth-highest leading cause of death for men, which has made experts rethink a lot when it comes to mental health.
In 2015, 70 percent of suicides were committed by Caucasian men. Many of these were middle-aged Caucasian men.
According to a nationwide survey by the Cleveland Clinic, over 40 percent of men only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical problem. This leads to many men developing serious health concerns unchecked, sometimes even over the course of years.
Melanomas are the deadliest type of skin cancer. Over 60 percent of all people diagnosed with them in 2013 were men. There are numerous types of skin cancer, which is overall the most common form of cancer in the United States.