I have heard it said several times that it is better to marry a woman who is 10 years younger than the man because not only do women tend to age faster,the man also has the chances of dying earlier.And it usually happens that the man's age and the woman's may seem same as they grow together.
Is there something in the Y chromosome that makes men more susceptible to aging and disease?
Probably not, say researchers. The fact that women in the U.S. live an average of 5 years longer than men can't be explained by physiological differences.
But cultural pressure to act "masculine" may keep men from complaining, even when they're sick or injured, Mental Floss reports. According to new studies published in Preventive Medicine and The Journal of Health Psychology, men are less likely than women seek medical treatment when they're experiencing symptoms. Men tend to downplay their pain and, as a result, have more serious health problems later in life.
From a young age, boys are told repeatedly to "be a man" and "man up;" They're encouraged to suppress emotions, hold back tears and never complain.
Rutgers University psychologists and study authors Diana Sanchez and Mary Himmelstein wanted to know what, if any, impact these messages of "toxic masculinity" had on men's lifespans.
They conducted two separate studies, surveying more than 800 men and 250 women about their medical issues and beliefs surrounding masculinity and gender. A portion of the men were asked to come in to the clinic for an appointment with medical students and nurses, both male and female.
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