Men die more than women at all ages. This has Macroeconomic impact since almost half the population (the male half) is the highest-earning part of the work force.
The data are not news, but this is a good article with clear statistics.
A silent crisis in men’s health gets worse
Across the life span – from infancy to the teen years, midlife and old age – boys and men are more likely to die than girls and women
By [Tara Parker-Pope] and Caitlin Gilbert, The Washington Post, April 17, 2023
Across the life span — from infancy to the teen years, midlife and old age — the risk of death at every age is higher for boys and men than for girls and women. The result is a growing longevity gap between men and women. In the United States, life expectancy in 2021 was 79.1 years for women and 73.2 years for men. That 5.9-year difference is the largest gap in a quarter-century…
For instance, for years the widely held belief in medical circles was that women used too many health-care resources compared to men. As a result, men were viewed as the standard for seeking health care, while women were often dismissed as hysterical or “anxious” when they sought care.
“We used to think women were overutilizing health care, and men were doing it correctly,” Griffith said. “What we realized was that women were doing it better, mostly for preventive care, and men were actually underutilizing health care.”… [end quote]
The article describes several factors that impact men worse than women. Stoicism, risk-taking, reluctance to go to the doctor and more.
I see all of these in my 70 year old Ph.D. husband, who still smokes even though he has moderate COPD. (His smoking father died of COPD at age 65.) When I made an appointment for him with a pulmonologist, he threw a coffee cup against the wall (shockingly atypical) and refused to go. If I don’t feed him nutritious meals he will either skip eating or eat frozen dinners even though he is a good cook. He did cooperate with going for Covid shots together because I made a good case that Covid would be fatal for him. He also cooperated with getting a low-dose spiral CT scan for lung cancer but I have to make the appointments. He can be stubborn.
It’s not surprising that men often die in the year after their wife does unless they remarry within a year. The same is not true for women who are widowed, even though the financial hit is usually harder.
I hope that all METARs will use this information to take good care of their health.