Dudes avoid the doc

Along with a propensity for not asking for directions, men don’t like visiting the doctor

Men are reluctant to visit the doctor and more likely to engage in risky health-affecting behavior when compared to their female counterparts, statistics show.

Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 27 percent of men have not visited a doctor or health professional in the past year, compared to 14 percent of women, according to SFGate.com. The data also showed that 59 percent of men consider themselves regular drinkers, while just 43 percent of women say they drink regularly. The division between men and women was less significant among smokers—21 percent of men reported themselves as current smokers, compared to 18 percent of women.

Not surprisingly, American men have a life expectancy of 76.2 years, while the average for women is 81.1 years.