Bob Ferguson Wellness Blog - The Lifespan Gap

posted on 6/14/23


Bob Ferguson Wellness Blog - The Lifespan Gap


It turns out that the lifespan gap between men and women in the United States is actually increasing. The reasons are complex but from my reading and experience, it seems that men simply don't pay as much attention to their health as women. They are less likely to confide in other men about health issues other than hero injuries when a bike flip goes wrong. And, they are more likely to indulge in high-risk behaviors.

Here's an article that outlines some solutions. I would also highly recommend reading Tiny Habits by Dr. B.J. Fogg, Founder of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford. I think all human beings tend to shy away from changes in their habits because it simply looks or feels too hard. I've used the Tiny Habits method very effectively to start very small but consistent habits that have become big, beneficial habits.

Here's a helpful article.


Men of all ages face specific health challenges and experience different health outcomes than women.  In the COVID-19 pandemic men experienced more severe symptoms and were at a greater risk of dying than women.  

Life Expectancy

Globally, men’s average life expectancy is about four years less than women. There is not a single country in the world where men are expected to outlive women. In developed countries such as the United States, what is known as the “sex gap” in life expectancy is actually increasing. Read More.


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