The average life expectancy for men is 76 years. If you’re a man who wants to push that number as high as possible -- or a woman who wants the same for your husband, father or brother -- you may be interested in the leading causes of death for men.
- Heart disease tops the list. Heart disease includes heart failure, arrhythmia and coronary artery disease.
- The leading causes of cancer death in men are lung, prostate and colorectal.
- Accidents are a leading cause of death, including falls, sports injuries, fires and car accidents.
- Strokes are a common cause of death. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, either from a blood clot or a blood vessel tearing.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is also on the list. COPD refers to two lung diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- Rounding out the list is diabetes. Now considered an epidemic, diabetes affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that helps cells take in glucose (blood sugar) for energy.