Tennessee men flunk 2012 health report

By: Allie Spillyards Email
By: Allie Spillyards Email

KNOXVILLE (TN) - The Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health released its 2012 Men's Health Report Card Tuesday morning. The study graded different areas of men's well-being on a A to F scale and Tennessee men didn't score well.

Men scored an F in several areas of longevity including lung cancer deaths, liver disease death and homicide and suicide rates among others.

There was only one A scored in mortality measures. Tennessee men scored better than the national average for deaths from heart disease.

The report also looked at weight and healthy habits. Less than 30 percent of Tennessee's men are a healthy weight and more than 20 percent smoke. The syphilis rate also increased more than double in the last two years.

Health risk disparities between African-American and white men has decreased dramatically since 2005, especially for deaths resulting from heart disease, stroke and cancer. In fact, African American are now less at risk of dying from heart disease than white men in Tennessee.

The results were reviewed Tuesday morning by the Tennessee Department of Health, Vanderbilt University, and Meharry Medical College.

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