Study: SA has gender health equality but it's not all good news

Study: SA has gender health equality but it's not all good news

- A study has revealed that South Africa has gender health equality, but Manual, a health platform, explains that this isn't all good news

- Men face greater health risks than women in 58% of countries across the globe

- While SA has gender health equality, it also has the least healthy population

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The World Health Organization says that men are living healthier and longer lives in general but are still more likely to become ill while women have a longer life expectancy across the world.

Even in the fight against the coronavirus scientists are reporting a risk gap, explained Manual, a wellbeing platform for men.

Analysing health data for 156 countries across the world, Manual considered life expectancy, rates of disease and other categories to determine which of these nations had the largest gender health gaps:

"Out of the 156 countries studied, men face greater health risks in 58 per cent and women face greater health risks in the remaining 41 per cent." gathered that South Africa was found to be one of only two nations globally to have gender health equality alongside Guatemala, which earned a score of 0.

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However, Manual explained that this isn't all good news for the nation for a number of reasons:

  • Citizens of South Africa are the world’s unhealthiest with both men and women coming in last place in the global rankings (156/156) due to low life expectancy and high incidences of workplace accidents, alcohol abuse and cancer.
  • A widening economic gap between the rich and poor could be to blame, with obesity and physical inactivity among the upper classes coexisting with malnutrition in urban townships.
  • In particular, South African men rank below average for mental wellbeing (98/156), whereas, South African females rank in the bottom 20 for physical activity (140/156).

A positive point is SA's low score among both sexes for tobacco use. Less than 19% of the population are classified as smokers.

According to the WHO, tobacco kills half of its users and is considered one of the biggest public health threats across the world.

CEO of Manual, George Pallis weighed in on the findings of the study, commenting that:

“It really is eye-opening to see the differences between genders when it comes to health. Of the 156 countries studied, 41 per cent and over half of the G20 have healthier men than women. But the fact remains that a greater percentage (58%) have healthier women."

Pallis highlighted that women are more likely than men to seek out medical help when they do fall ill:

“It’s important to remember, however, women are more likely to seek healthcare support, disclose symptoms and therefore receive a diagnosis. This could mean female gender health gaps aren’t as high in reality and why they live longer in every country."

The CEO reminded citizens that it is essential to reach out to health professionals when symptoms do appear:

“In any case, everyone, no matter their gender, age or background, should own their health and happiness by accessing the support available to them and speaking to a medical professional as soon as symptoms appear.”

About Manual:

Manual is a wellbeing platform for men with the goal of challenging the outdated notion that real men shrug their shoulders and carry on. Manual’s mission is to change how men understand and fix their problems. The platform offers products, services and in-depth information to target the most common men’s health problems, including hair loss and erectile dysfunction.

Ranking of countries with the largest men's health gaps (G20):

  • -50 Russia
  • -39 South Korea
  • -27 Japan
  • -26 India
  • -24 Indonesia
  • -23 China
  • -8 Turkey
  • 0 South Africa
  • 6 Australia
  • 8 United States
  • 9 Saudi Arabia
  • 10 Mexico
  • 18 Germany
  • 20 Canada
  • 20 Argentina
  • 24 France
  • 28 Brazil
  • 32 Italy
  • 38 United Kingdom

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