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A silent crisis in men's health gets worse

By Tara Parker-Pope and Caitlin Gilbert

17 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post explores the reasons behind the longevity gap between men and women and why experts tend to ignore it when carrying out research.

A silent crisis in men's health is shortening the life spans of fathers, husbands, brothers and sons.

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that a lack of sex-specific health research mainly hurts women and gender minorities. While those concerns are real, a closer look at longevity data tells a more complicated story.

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