June is National Men's Health Month

(WFLX) - June is "National Men's Health Month". Women live about five years longer than men. There are lots of reasons for this, but one of the most apparent is men are less likely to pay attention to their health -- either when they think they are well or when problems pop up.

Therefore, even if you survive to old age, those days will be filled with chronic health conditions and disability that could have been avoided. "The most likely thing that is going to affect a male is cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes. And the groundwork for those illnesses start when we're young and then progress as we get older," according to Dr. Daniel Sullivan from the Cleveland Clinic.

It's also critical to maintain a healthy weight because most men gain about two pounds per year.

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