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Why do men live less than women in Belarus?

Despite the fact that the life longevity has increased in Belarus, Belarusian men still live less than women do. Such situation is typical for many countries; however, the gap in Belarus is extremely large. The difference of life longevity between women and men is 11 years. Belarusian doctors have an explanation for it. The issue has been discussed at a round table talk at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus.

Belarusian men live up to 68 years in average. According to professor of medicine Alexander Strotsky, 30% of deaths are connected with excessive consumption of alcohol. It leads to problems of blood circulation. He also made a remark saying that if Belarusian drank less, than the heart deaths would decrease by a quarter. On the other hand, professor Strotsky emphasized that the number of cardio and oncological deaths has been dropping for the last ten years.

“The word combination “men’s health” appeared only in 2016, however, it doesn’t mean that these issues were not solved before and are not improving now. The life longevity is increasing bit by bit”.

Nikolai Dosta, candidate of medicine and senior lecturer of urology and nephrology BelMAPO says the probability of men living up to 75 years is 25%, women have a double probability. According to specialists, the main reasons of death among men are cardiovascular, endocrinologic, cancer illnesses, diabetes mellitus, androgenic and metabolic disorders, prostatopathy and scrotum diseases. Men need to be more attentive to their health. Quite often they simply do not want to go to see a doctor; therefore, men tend to die more often.

According to Professor Alexander Strotsky, another problem of men’s health is decrease of testosterone after they are 30. By the time they are fifty, they have problems with sexual vigor. It is more because of stress rather than alcohol. What is more, the level of testosterone can also be decreased by consumption of alcohol, antivirus medication, marihuana, and anabolic steroids. However, Sergei Osipchik, medical director of the Republican Research and Practice Center for Mental Health has a different opinion.

“We say that the low level of testosterone is very bad. However, when there is a surplus of this hormone in a man’s body, it causes aggression, badly influences the quality of life and health itself”.

Certainly, the problem of men’s health should be brought up at the governmental level. Nevertheless, what could make the lives of Belarusian men longer? Nikolai Dosta thinks that parental and sick leaves will do the job.

“Men experience pleasant emotions when they are next to their children”.

Segei Osipchik is sure that visiting a psychiatrist will have a positive influence, because at the moment Belarusian men are afraid to speak about their problems.

Why do men live less than women in Belarus?