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Men need tune-ups too

Original post made on Nov 16, 2007

Men follow scheduled tune-ups for their cars, but when it comes to their own bodies they tend to let maintenance fall by the wayside. This attitude accounts for much of the reason why men still trail women in life expectancy.

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Comments (7)

Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 16, 2007 at 8:53 pm

"In 2004 the life expectancy for men and women in the Untied States was 75.2 and 80.4 years"

Wonder what its like in the Tied States. ;^)

Posted by Guy, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2007 at 9:10 pm

OK, so for a measly five years of life expectancy, we guys just live the way we like to live. We don't complain about it, and we don't like being nagged about it.

Question: If women lived like men, how much would that reduce the national medical bill? Instead of bleeding our kids economic futures dry, shouldn't we just decide that death is part of life, and AVOID doctors until we really need them? Preventive maintenance is very costly, if the costs are added up over the course of a lifetime.

Why all this angst?

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Hey, wadda you expect when you don't purchase the extended warranty?

Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 16, 2007 at 9:49 pm

Typical macho insecurity, mixed with bonding bravado. Men don't take care of themselves as well as they should, or could.

Of course, we're all adults, and we can choose to be ignorant (or stupid) about limiting our physical and mental suffering.

I call this "evolution at work".

Posted by Guy, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2007 at 10:44 pm

"Jim Fixx died in 1984 (ironically his arteries were plugged with too much cholesterol). He left a legacy of thousands of joggers and runners that he introduced to the pleasures and benefits of jogging and the sport of running. His book, The Complete Book of Running, became a best seller among running books.

When Jim first took up running in the 1960's, he weighed 220 lbs. By the time his book was published, he had trimmed down to 159 lbs, and was an accomplished runner. A New Yorker, Mr. Fixx was a graduate of Oberlin College"

Web Link

"Winston Churchill died at 91 after a life of smoking, drinking, a high fat diet, and as he said, "The only exercise I got was being a pall-bearer at the funerals of friends who were exercise freaks"

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The physical and mental suffereing I see are all those joggers destroying their joints, with pain on their faces.

Posted by hmm, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2007 at 10:52 pm

when a man goes for a physical, he gets the full works, everything checked. When a woman goes, she is just checked for breast and cervical cancer. Why?

Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 16, 2007 at 11:15 pm

hmm, What country do you live in?

You must be kidding. I know lots of women who have had very comprehensive physicals, including cardiac and other tests, as *routine*.

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