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American men are sicker and die earlier than men living abroad, study finds


American men are sicker and dying earlier than men living in other developed countries, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on public health issues.

The study involved men from the United States, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Canada and Sweden and found that rates of preventable death, chronic disease and mental health need are among the highest with American men.

About 29% of American men reported having multiple chronic conditions, closely followed by Australian men at 25%, according to the study. Men living in France and Norway were lowest at 17%.

“Whether it’s stubbornness, an aversion to appearing weak or vulnerable, or other reasons, men go to the doctor significantly less than women,” the study authors write.

In the United States, men also die from preventable deaths, classified as death before age 75, at a higher rate than men in the other 10 countries listed in the report.

The study showed that income disparities also play a role in health. Low-income men tend to engage in unhealthy habits, like drinking and smoking, more frequently, leading to chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Low-income people are the least likely to afford adequate care and cannot see the doctor regularly, which contributes to worsening health problems, the study adds. Men stressed because they are on low income were less likely to have a regular doctor.

The United States remains an exception as the only industrialized country without universal health care and has led to men avoiding getting the care they need because the costs are too high, the researchers noted.

“About 16 million American men don’t have health insurance, and affordability is the most common reason people cite for not enrolling in a health plan,” they wrote.

American men also don’t have a high opinion of the American healthcare system, with only 37% giving it a high rating. It’s even worse among men with below-average incomes, with only 32% approving of the healthcare system.

There was a silver lining for men in the United States. They have the lowest rate of prostate cancer-related deaths among other countries studied, in large part because the United States offers a wide range of cancer screening tests and advanced treatments, the authors said. the study.

ABC News contacted the study’s authors for comment, but did not hear back.

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