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Former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau at his 90th Birthday last year (Daniella Zalcman on Flickr)

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report about the longevity of New Yorkers. The big factoid is that life expectancy is at "an all-time high": "City residents born in 2007 can expect to live an average of 79.4 years - a gain of nearly 5 months since 2006." But on the flip side, men tend to die younger than women—at age 76 versus women's 82 years—and two causes of premature death are heart disease and homicide. Here are some findings:

  • Men are 65% more likely than women to die between the ages of 35 and 64, mainly because of their higher death rates due to heart disease.
  • More than 1 million of the 1.5 million men in this age group are either overweight (46%) or obese (25%) - conditions that increase the risk of heart disease.
  • In addition, the vast majority (93%) report eating fewer than the recommended five servings of fruits or vegetables each day, and one in six report smoking (18%).
  • 24% [of men] are either uninsured or insured but lacking a regular medical provider. Only 18% of women face these barriers.
  • Men aged 18 to 34 die at more than twice the rate of women in New York City (homicide is the leading cause; the highest homicide rates are the Bronx neighborhoods of Hunts Point and Mott Haven and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and East New York).

You can read the report here (PDF).Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said, “Complex factors contribute to men's shorter life expectancy and higher death rates, but many premature deaths are preventable. The Health Department is working to improve men's health and well-being. Healthier behaviors such as quitting smoking, exercising and eating well can prevent heart disease and cancer - and efforts to prevent violence can help save lives."