SARASOTA, Fla. (July 29, 2013) – Across the industrialized world, women live 5-10 years longer than men. In the United States, average life expectancy is just over 80 for women and just over 75 for men.
While genetics do play a role, experts say that more than half, and up to 70 percent of the differences in life expectancy, are more likely due to environmental factors – behaviors and exposures.
“Most of us should be able to get into our late 80s, but in general, there are several things men do worse than women,” said Internal Medicine Specialist Jack Rodman, MD, who serves as Chief Medical Administrative Officer for Sarasota Memorial's First Physicians Group. “They smoke more (though that gap is shrinking). They eat more foods that lead to high cholesterol. And they are more prone to internalizing their stress rather than letting go, which plays a very important role in cardiovascular disease.”
In the 55- to 64-year-old range, more men than women die, due mainly to heart disease, suicide, car accidents, and illnesses related to smoking and alcohol use, he said. Heart disease kills five of every 1,000 men in this age group.
Regular screenings can help keep men healthy by detecting serious illnesses in their early stages, allowing for a broader range of treatment options. Below are some important health screenings that Dr. Rodman urges men to discuss with their doctors.
Important Screenings for Men
About First Physicians Group of Sarasota
Backed by the tradition and strength of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, First Physicians Group of Sarasota is made up of nearly 100 physicians and clinicians who provide primary and specialty care in more than a dozen practices throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. All of the physicians have been carefully selected with education and experience from some of the best academic medical centers in the nation. They are all Board Certified and specialize in Dermatology, Family Practice, Gynecology, Gynecology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Perinatology, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation.