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Even with important strides in addressing health issues across the globe, men have not benefited equally compared to women. Men’s life expectancies have not grown as steadily as women’s over the past few decades, and they are expected to live about five years less than women, according to 2021 global health data from the Human Mortality Database and the United Nations’ World Population Prospects. The discrepancy in life expectancy between men and women persists in places all over the world, and is even growing in other places.

At a time when health resources are at a premium and need to be wisely allocated, health professionals must find points within men’s lives when it makes the most sense to intervene and advocate for preventive care for promoting better health outcomes. Life transitions such as marriage and fatherhood are often pivotal and crucial intervention points -; and men often experience long-term health benefits from those family roles, with lower mortality risks than single men without children. But just like every man is different, health concerns across global communities differ as well.

Research from the University of Notre Dame finds that not all life transitions produce the same health results, and not all men’s global health policies should look the same from one country to another.

The study conducted by the University of Notre Dame sheds light on diverse men’s health trends across different cultures. Researchers analyzed data from 23 countries to understand how cultural factors influence men’s health behaviors and outcomes. They found significant variations in health-related attitudes and practices among men from different cultural backgrounds.

One key finding is that cultural norms and expectations play a crucial role in shaping men’s health behaviors. For example, in some cultures, there is a stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues, leading men to underreport symptoms or avoid seeking treatment altogether. Additionally, societal expectations regarding masculinity and gender roles can impact men’s willingness to engage in preventive health practices or seek medical care when needed.

The study underscores the importance of culturally sensitive approaches to men’s health promotion and intervention efforts. By understanding and addressing cultural influences, healthcare providers can better support men in maintaining their health and well-being. This research highlights the need for tailored interventions that take into account cultural diversity and address the unique health challenges faced by men from different cultural backgrounds.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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