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12 Health Problems That Afflict More Men Than Women

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More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes — about 9.4% of the entire U.S. population. Men and women are affected in about equal numbers — there are 15.3 million male diabetics and 14.9 female sufferers, according to the CDC’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report — but the difference in prediabetes rates between men and women is more significant: Some 36.6% of men are in imminent danger of developing diabetes, compared to 29.3% of women. These are 10 warning signs men or women may have diabetes.

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Heart disease

Heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, though potentially lethal heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease and heart attack, are the number-one killer of both woman and men. Still, overall, heart disease kills more men than women — 209 men per 100,000 people, compared to 130 women per 100,000 people, according to the Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, citing data from the CDC. Why this is the case may come down simply to lifestyle choices, Dr. Mehta said. “Men smoke more and tend to eat more red meat, which plays a big role in cardiovascular disease,” he noted. These and several other dangerous things experts links to heart disease.