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Men's Greatest Risks and Health Costs Are Preventable

About 70% of the annual bill for U.S. health care is due to preventable illness. Lacking routine medical care and healthful behaviors, men are more likely than women to experience serious medical problems that were once preventable. The resulting health care costs are high. Here are just a few reasons why. Compared to women...

MEN EAT LESS FIBER AND MORE FATTY, SALTY FOODS.Health care claim costs are 41% higher for people with diets that are low in fiber and high in salt and saturated fat.

MEN SMOKE MORE AND HAVE MORE DANGEROUS SMOKING HABITS. Health claim costs are 31% higher for smokers.

MORE MEN HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. Health care claim costs are 7% higher for patients with hypertension — and nearly 70% more likely to exceed $5,000 per year.

MORE MEN DRIVE RECKLESSLY AND ILLEGALLY. Males are driving in 3 out of 4 crashes where fatal injuries occur. Health claim costs are 10% greater for high-risk drivers.

MEN USE SAFETY BELTS LESS OFTEN. People who don’t buckle up spend 54% more days in the hospital.

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