American men get sicker and die earlier than men in other developed countries, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization that focuses on public health.
The study looked at men from the US, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden and found that the risk of preventable death, chronic disease and mental health needs were the highest among American men. .
About 29% of American men reported chronic pain, closely followed by Australian men at 25%, according to the survey. Men living in France and Norway were the lowest at 17%.
“Whether it’s dryness, aversion to looking weak or vulnerable, or other reasons, men go to the doctor less often than women do,” the study authors wrote.
Men in the US also die from preventable deaths, defined as deaths before age 75, at higher rates than men from the 10 other countries covered in the report.
The study showed that income inequality also affects a person’s health. Men with low income have unhealthy habits, such as drinking and smoking, which lead to diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Low-income earners may not have access to adequate health care and may not be able to visit a doctor regularly, leading to health problems, the study added. Men emphasized that because they had low incomes they were less likely to have a regular doctor.
The U.S. remains the only developed country in the world without health care and it has led men to avoid the care they need because the costs are too high, researchers have found.
“Approximately 16 million US men do not have health insurance and can afford it, which is why people often cite the reason they don’t enroll in health care,” he wrote.
American men also do not think highly of healthcare in the US, with only 37% holding it in high regard. It’s even worse among low-income men, with only 32% accepting medical care.
There was silver among men in the US They have the lowest number of deaths related to prostate cancer among other countries studied, mainly because the US provides cancer screening and high-quality treatment, the authors of the study said.
ABC News reached out to the authors of the survey for comment but did not hear back.