The simple fact is women usually outlive men. The reason? “Men are socialized to ignore their ailments, to portray themselves as invulnerable and to forge ahead no matter what their physical or emotional handicaps,” says Dr. Legato.
Men age 30 and older should be getting an annual physical and any recommended screenings. Since coronary artery disease (CAD) can start developing in a man's 30s, it’s important for guys to be proactive about monitoring their heart health.
iVillage member mrosie uses this trick to keep her man's health on track: “Since I am ‘unofficially’ in charge of our social calendar, I will make appointments for him. So far this year, we've both seen a new dentist and a new optometrist, and closer to summer we'll both be due for a physical.”