Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: November 27, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412953948 | Print ISBN: 9781412928168 | Online ISBN: 9781412953948 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Men'S Health Issues
James Plumb & Rickie Brawer & James Plumb & Rickie Brawer & Carson Weinstein
Men in the United States suffer more severe chronic conditions, have higher death rates for most of the leading causes of death, and die nearly 5 1=2 years younger than women. Why are there such gender differences, and why are some men healthy and others are not? The definition of health is complex, as is the answer to these questions. To improve the health of men, health care providers and public health professionals must better understand the determinants of men's health and become advocates for change of the social and economic factors that affect these determinants. This entry presents an overview of (1) selected epidemiologic aspects of men's health; (2) the reported causes and “actual” causes of death for men; (3) the role of “gender” as a determinant of health; (4) the influence of selected dimensions of the social and economic environment, such as poverty, education, socioeconomic status, racism, and ...