Being a man can make you sick

Money plays a role

Disposable income and marital status also play an important role in men's health. According to a study by the University of Cologne, there is also a direct correlation between poverty and health and between social class and life expectancy for Germany. After that, men with a gross income of less than 1, 500 euros have a life expectancy of 71 years. Men with a gross income of over 4, 500 euros have a life expectancy of 80 years. The working environment is another area where men are more exposed to health than women. Men need to be more responsive to their physical limitations, and they work more often under noise, dirt, dust, heat and stress. At the same time many men - whether voluntarily or unintentionally - take over the role of the sole earner within the family and now have to cope with a typically male burden: on the one hand they have the responsibility for the maintenance of the family, on the other hand they should - contrary their (male) role - take on much more responsibility in the household and in child rearing. The increasing role of erosion increases the pressure that men already see themselves exposed to. The long-term consequences are often alcohol abuse, anger, violence and a huge self-destructive potential that is often not recognized for what it really is: a pronounced depression that needs to be adequately treated.

And now?

Being a man can make you sick - and at the same time, not every man necessarily lives unhealthily or rubs himself up between work and family. Basically, men are at a higher risk of getting sick than women. For Germany, the data is still relatively thin. "Men's health" is only just becoming a health policy-relevant topic, and the interlocking fields of health - violence - society is only slowly becoming clear.Overall, gender-specific precautionary measures and health programs will have to occupy more space in health policy than before Men, and not programs for "women and others" meant. Especially men from lower social strata are poor or not at all to reach by the current offers of health promotion. Researchers see a way out, for example, in the use of occupational health care systems, where men are more likely to be in homogeneous groups and are more open to symptom-oriented prevention services than when visiting an external doctor's office. The absence of explicit health-promoting measures for men is both deficit and opportunity, which must be exploited.

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