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More men than women report good health in Italy

Gender gap for chronic illness rises after age 45

19 December, 16:03
More men than women report good health in Italy (ANSA) - Rome, December 19 - More men than women say they enjoyed good health. After accounting for age, 74.2% of Italian men saying they were in good or very good health compared to just 66.8% of women, the Italian statistical agency Istat said Thursday.

Istat noted that women's disadvantage may be affected by declining health with age, as women tend to live longer than men. However, more women than men also reported suffering a chronic illness, with the gender gap rising significantly after age 45.

Twenty percent of all respondents said they suffer from one or more chronic illnesses, while 70.4% of adults reported good or very good health. Geographically, the highest percentage of good health was near the Austrian border in Bolzano with 84.8%. The lowest was in the southern regions of Basilicata and Calabria, at 64.1%.