8 things to know about men's health

6 million — Number of men who suffer depression each year. Health experts say men are more likely than women to languish in silence.

50/50 — Chances a couple’s infertility is tied, at least partly, to the man. “It’s fairly down the middle,” Sandlow says. Historically, the focus has been on women.

32,050  — Number of men who die annually from prostate cancer. Lung cancer is the only cancer killing more, says Dr. Martin Miner, co-director of Providence, R.I.-based Men’s Health Center at highly rated The Miriam Hospital.

30 million — Number of men who suffer ED. Sandlow urges patients to heed risk factors, such as high blood pressure, and focus on improving overall health.

3 — Mean number of times men see a primary care provider annually. That compares with four visits per year for women who also get more preventive care and are diagnosed earlier with chronic diseases.

50 — Percentage of young men with Type 2 diabetes who have low levels of testosterone, researchers say. Declines in this sex hormone are associated with everything from osteoporosis to obesity.

$1.02 billion  — Sales for the leading erectile dysfunction drug Viagra in 2010, with 9.2 million prescriptions dispensed last year.

75.7 years — Average life expectancy for men, compared to 80.6 years for women. Contributing to shorter lives, men more frequently forgo seat belts and colonoscopies, do drugs, drink heavily and avoid doctors, Miner says.

Sources: IMS Health; Diabetes Care; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute of Mental Health

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