Jul 15, 2022
By Christine Ross
American men are sicker than those abroad according to a new study that shows income disparities play a major role in men’s health. The research finds that U-S men are sicker and die earlier than men living in other developed nations.
It looked at men from the U.S, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden and found that rates of avoidable deaths, chronic conditions and mental health needs are among the highest with American men.
About one third of American men reported they have multiple chronic illnesses followed closely by Australian men. Men living in France and Norway were the lowest at 17%.
“Whether it’s stubbornness, an aversion to appearing weak or vulnerable, or other reasons, men go to the doctor far less than women do,” the study’s authors wrote. Men in the U.S. also die from avoidable deaths, classified as deaths before 75 years old, at a higher rate than men from the 10 other countries listed in the report.
The U.S. remains an outlier being the only industrialized nation without universal healthcare
Read the study by the Commonwealth Fund here.