TEN WAYS UK MEN ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DIE THAN WOMEN
From the moment we are born men and boys are more vulnerable to premature death – being 25% more likely to die in our first year of life. As teenagers and young men we are two-and-a-half times more likely to die before the age of 25.
So if we men are more likely to meet death sooner than the women in our lives, what are some of the key causes of death that we are at greater risk of dying from?
Here are ten of the top examples in no particular order:
1. HEART DISEASE: Men in the UK are four times more likely to die from heart disease before the reach they age 65.
2. WORK: Men account for more than 95% of the workplace deaths in the UK and are 4 times more likely to get work-related cancer
3. CANCER: Men are 60% more likely to get one of the cancers that affect both sexes and 70% more likely to die from that cancer.
4. SUICIDE: Men are three times more likely to commit suicide
5. HOMICIDE: Men account of seven out of 10 murder victims in the UK, are 70% more likely to be killed by someone they know and seven times more likely to be killed by a stranger
6. ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS: Men and boys are three times more likely to be killed on the roads as drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.
7. WAR: Globally, men and boys are five times more likely to die in war and conflict and in the UK the proportion is much, much higher as although the number of UK citizens killed in war and conflict is relatively small, the overwhelming majority of victims are teenagers and young men serving in the armed forces overseas.
8. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL: Men are twice as likely to die of accidental alcohol poisoning and more than five times as likely to die from exposure to narcotics and hallucinogens
9. HOMELESSNESS: Men are nine times more likely to become rough sleepers which takes 30 years off a man’s life on average.
10. ACCIDENTS: Men and boys are at far greater risk of death from a broad range of accidents which include falls form high places, drowning in open water and being hit by thrown or falling objects.
FOOTNOTE: BEWARE OF THE DOG!
In 2009 5 people were killed by dogs in the UK are all of them were male but other animals posed a greater risk – with six out of nine people dying after being “bitten or struck by other mammals” being women. Hornets, bees and wasps on the other hand aren’t so sexist claiming an equal number of male and female victims in the UK in 2009.