What are the key health differences between men and women?

There is a gender health gap  between men and women:

  • Men have a shorter life expectancy. Average life expectancy for a man is 79.1 years compared with 82.8 years for a woman. While the gap between male and female life expectancy at birth in the UK has been gradually narrowing over the past 33 years, from six years in 1980–1982 to 3.7 years in 2013–2015, female life expectancy still continues to increase ahead of men’s.
  • Deaths from occupational causes are far higher among men than women.
  • As a result of complex pressures, deaths from accidents and suicides among young men are four times higher than among young women.
  • Coronary heart disease death rates are up to five times higher for men.
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