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The health of our men and boys: Homo-heterogeneity

General health
Ian Peate looks at the specialist physical and mental health needs of males

Men and boys have unique health related needs, these differ from the health care needs of women and girls, the social determinants of health have a disproportionate effect on mortality in men. There is a growing acknowledgement that the health of the male population is significantly impacted on by their social situation. The Marmot Review Team1note that increasing poverty is linked to a widening gap in life expectancy.

Health inequalities

Health inequalities are avoidable, they result in unjust differences in health status between various groups of people or communities. Health is determined by a number of factors including genetics, lifestyle, the healthcare people receive and the influence of wider determinants, for example the physical, social and economic environment. See Dahlgren and Whitehead’s model2 representing the wider determinants of health (See figure 1).

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