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Plan Needed To Address High Rate Of Premature Death In Men PDF Print Email

Last week some new mortality data was published which highlighted:

  • One in five men still dies before 65
  • Men are 71% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease
  • Men are 80% of suicides

  • The charity Men's Health Forum called for a national action plan to tackle the problem.Other countries such as Ireland and Australia who also have high rates of men dying young have implemented health policies to help tackle the problem. Men account for 71% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease and the Men's Health Forum has asked Public Health England to ensure men make up at least 50% of those receiving a NHS Health Check. According to the Freedom of Information Act only 35% of local areas running NHS Health Checks know how many men have the check up.

Men's Health Manifesto was launched in parliament by the Men's Health Forum at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Men's Health.

Martin Tod, chief executive of the Men's Health Forum, commented while launching their manifesto:

'So many men die young and it continues to be ignored. Men deserve better. We need an explicit men's health policy to tackle this. Last month, both NHS England and Public Health England published plans for their own work but these will not put in place the action we need.'

'Too many men who do seek help find that drug or alcohol problems act as a barrier to getting mental health treatment. We must invest in integrated care for dual diagnosis.'

'We need the NHS to sort out opening times and access so they work for full-time workers. They must improve online access, booking and other interaction.'

The Men's Health Manifesto includes challenges to:

  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • CCGs and local authorities
  • GPs
  • Men
  • The scale of the challenge



More than one in five men are dying between the ages 16 and 65 on average, and more than two in five before the age of 75 – with death rates amongst men in the poorest areas of the country being much worse.


  • Men are more likely to die of circulatory diseases and cancer.
  • Men account for 75% of premature deaths from heart disease.
  • Men have a 37% higher risk of dying from cancer and a 67% higher chance of dying from cancers that affect both men and women (Excluding breast cancer and those cancers that affect either women only or men only).


67% of men are overweight or obese.


Middle-aged men are twice as likely to have diabetes as women – and twice as likely not to know they have diabetes.


Four in five suicides are by men – suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 and there has been a sharp increase in the rate among men aged 35-64.


Men are more likely than women to:

  • smoke, smoke more cigarettes per day and smoke hand-rolled tobacco
  • eat too much salt
  • eat too much red and processed meat
  • eat too little fruit and too few vegetables
  • drink alcohol and drink at hazardous levels. Men are twice as likely to have liver disease.


So men have a great deal of room for improvement, with much of these problems down to lifestyle factors.  Men are notorious for not visiting the doctor when something is wrong or taking their health seriously often citing the old-fashioned view that ‘it’ll be alright’ or too busy.

Your local pharmacy can provide help on most of the factors that can cause problems such as weight issues, blood pressure, diabetes and smoking.  They can be more accessible, an appointment usually isn’t needed and offer free advice.  It can be a much more comfortable experience to begin here than a visit to the doctor and get you on the right track.