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WBEZ Chicago | Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons | 31 min

In 2021, the U.S. life expectancy was about 73 years for men and about 79 years for women – the biggest gap in a quarter-century.

By Micah Yason
April 25, 2023, 2:31pm CT

Boys and men at every age are at higher risk of death than girls and women, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Some people point to biological factors — like high levels of testosterone weakening the immune system — while others point to social factors such as masculinity and a lack of support.

Reset discusses what’s behind the growing longevity gap between men and women, and what can be done to improve physical and mental health outcomes among men.


Dr. Omer Raheem, professor of urology and director of the men’s wellness program at the University of Chicago

Dr. Sam Wainwright, general internist and pediatrician and health services researcher at UI Health

Todd Adams, executive director of MenLiving

Erik Treese, leadership coach and leader trainer for the ManKind Project

Mervin Colin Canham, co-leader of the ManKind Project and founder of the Holding Space Project in South Africa

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