Although the BMJ article we mentioned last week is somewhat tongue–in-cheek it does emphasize to some extent what mortality data tell us - men are more likely to participate in high risk and/or impulsive behavior and are likely to die as a result. Case in point following types of death, while not all incurred from high risk behavior, are nevertheless more likely associate with high risk behavior speed, impulsivity, unprotected sex, drugs and alcohol. Men outpace women in most instances by a wide margin. (Source: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender) Visit this site and you will see data broken down by gender, decade and ethnicity.
This data hold a host of implications for how we approach public health education prevention programs in both children and adults.