Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for more than 40 years. He is theauthor of 10 books, including
Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome.
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When I was five-years old and my father was forty-two, he tried to commit suicide.The stresses of trying to earn a living and provide for his family during difficult economic
times overwhelmed him. Though he didn’t die physically, he was crippled emotionally
and our lives were never the same. I grew up wondering what happened to my father and to so many other wounded fathers. Men today, and the women and children wholove them, need our help as never before. According to the National Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, each year nearly 35,000 people kill themselves. 28,000 (nearly 80%) are male. Eleven times thatnumber attempt suicide.
But suicide isn’t the only way men’s lives are cut short. “80 percent of all illnessesare stress induced,” says W
oodson Merrell, MD, Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. Although stress impacts everyone,
men are particularly vulnerable. According to social scientist Dr. Thomas Joiner, “Males
experience higher mortality rates than females at all stages of life from conception to old
Statistics from the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention show thatmen have a higher death rate for the ten leading causes of death (numbers are deathsper 100,000 population):Cause of Death Men Women Male/Female RatioHeart disease 248.5 162.2 1.5Cancer 220.1 153.6 1.4Injuries (unintentional) 55.2 25.5 2.1Cerebrovascular disease 43.9 42.6 1.03Chronic lower respiratorydisease 47.6 35.9 1.3Diabetes 27.4 20.1 1.4