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Why Men Die First

Why Men Die First

How to Lengthen Your Lifespan

Marianne J. Legato

St. Martin's Press



It is a universal fact that men die before women. But the causes of this have long remained unexplored. In this trailblazing book, Dr. Marianne Legato--an expert in gender specific health--examines the reasons behind men's fragility and explains what they need to do to live longer.

A bestselling author and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, Dr. Legato shows how the forces of culture and biology conspire against male mortality. Drawing on the latest research and narrated through the lives of her patients, she delves into problems that both men and women care about-- from why the male fetus is at greater risk, to why boys have a hard time adjusting to school, to how elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol make men more prone to aggression and why they are more likely to die from cardiac arrest or cancer and even depression.

Why Men Die First offers specific advice on what men can do to live better, including

* how on-one time with young boys reduces anixiety and attention deficit problems

* lifestyle changes that can prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis

* why young men take on high risk endeavors and how to decrease the stress

* how to cope with mid life depression and feelings of emasculation and uselessness

* how testosterone shots can mitigate the unpleasant symptoms of aging

Dr. Legato brings the possibility of both mental and physical wellbeing to men in this compelling and inspiring book. A superstar physician, celebrated annually in New York Magazine's Best Doctors Issue, Dr. Legato is well poised to take on this urgent topic with her unimpeachable authority and natural warmth.


Praise for Why Men Die First

“A vital and rewarding book...a fascinating as well as practical look at how men are both made (by biology) and shaped (by culture). Readers will be engaged and amazed by the discoveries and insights that modern medicine now possesses about the mysteries of gender. Dr. Legato has a gift for narrative and an ability to see into the human heart.” —Diane Salvatore, Editor in Chief, Ladies' Home Journal

“Marianne Legato, who has devoted her career to studying the differences between the sexes, believes that the premature death of men is the most important--and neglected--health issue of our time. She has written a book for every man who wants to live longer and for the women and families who love them. Dr. Legato has started a much needed conversation we should all be having about how we can improve the health and longevity of men, who--at all ages--die before women.” —Dr. Mehmet Oz, author of You: The Owner's Manual

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About the author

Marianne J. Legato

Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally recognized physician, author, and lecturer. Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, she is annually cited in New York Magazine's top doctors issues. She is also the author of bestselling Eve's Rib, The Female Heart, and Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forgot, which was translated into eleven languages. She lives in New York.

Marianne J. Legato M.D.

Marianne J. Legato M.D.

Marianne Legato in the L.A. Times

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St. Martin's Press

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