New Delhi: Men are more prone to ignore  their health resulting in more hospitalisations and death from preventable conditions.

They are prone to engage in more unhealthy habits compared to females. Females have a higher life expectancy. Studies have shown that males tend to have higher rates of obesity and greater proportion of males smoke, and there is higher participation in binge drinking and drug use said Dr Naresh Purohit , Executive Member of the Indian Academy for Preventive Health.

Sharing his concern on the issue of  mens health on the occasion of International Mens Day noted Epidemiologist Dr Purohit told Vibrant News here that poor lifestyles of men are responsible for a large proportion of chronic diseases. Major risks to men’s health include heart disease, cancer, depression and the tendency to engage in risky behavior.

He averred that harmful substances and the natural aging process are the top detriments to men’s sexual health.

He pointed out that men suffer from many of the same conditions that women suffer from, but the conditions affect sexes differently.

"Men are at a higher risk for high blood pressure than women until age 64. At ages 65 and older, women are more likely to get high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of problems, including heart failure, aneurysms (bulges in arteries), and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure,"he said.

"Many men with high blood pressure are also at risk for diabetes, which is a major health concern. The excess buildup of sugar in the body caused by diabetes can lead to severe health problems, including stroke, congestive heart failure, peripheral artery disease, kidney disease and nerve damage."he added.

He said that regular checkups and health screenings can result in longer, healthier lives in most men. Living a healthy lifestyle can prevent and treat most problems associated with men’s health.