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Women a leading cause of men's 'untimely' deaths

Health & Science

Psychologists have warned that women are the core reason why men are dying earlier than expected.

Statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate Kenyan women are outliving men by an average of five years.

The WHO report points out that women in Kenya have a longer lifespan of 66 years, while the men will be lucky to live past 60 years. 

Studies have shown that many men are subjected to verbal and physical abuse in their homes, cases which are mostly concealed.

Hiding their predicaments is meant to avoid backlash from society which considers men strong and the head of the family.

In 2015, researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that men subjected to abuse had a higher chance of dying within 10 years.

The researchers led by Dr Rikke Lund said approximately 315 extra deaths per 10,000 people are caused by spousal worries.

Stress imposes adverse physical effect on health, causing depression and other mental illnesses.

Dr Lund, from the department of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health, said researchers observed that men have fewer people within their social network compared to women, whom they can share their problems with.

Previous studies noted that strong emotional support from friends, relatives and family is good for health.

The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

While there are organisations that support women regarding abuse and discrimination, such initiatives are minimal for the men.

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