JANUARY 26, 2022

The January 2022 issue will be printed January 12; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by January 20. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


Naturally, males and females have health issues unique to their gender. But the impact of gender on health goes well beyond those differences. Males and females often experience similar, or even identical health issues in distinctly different ways, and with different outcomes.

In addition to overall mortality, certain health and issues are more commonly associated with one gender. For example, dementia, depression and arthritis are more common in women, while men are more prone to lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and suicide.

The reason for these differences is complex. Hormones play a significant role, but gender’s role goes beyond biology—cultural factors related to gender also play a part. For example:

      • Life expectancy is among the most dramatic differences. While gender differences in mortality and life expectancy vary by country, in most countries, women live longer than men—an average of 72.2 years compared to men’s life expectancy of 68.
      • Although diabetes strikes men and women in nearly equal numbers and generally affects them in the same ways, it raises heart disease risk in women more than in men.
      • Women have higher rates of depression, but men have higher suicide rates. And many male health risks can be traced back to behavior: In general, men engage in behaviors—including dietary habits—that lead to higher rates of injury and disease.
      • Risk factors for many diseases increase or decrease based on gender. For example, more than 39 percent of men age 65 and over have heart disease, compared to about 27 percent of women. Similarly, men are at higher risk for Parkinson’s, autism, kidney stones, and pancreatitis. Women have a higher risk of stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, migraines, and multiple sclerosis.
      • Gender equality and gender identity issues also have significant health implications—resulting in higher levels of stress, as well as higher rates of sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, and gender-based violence.
In the January 2022 issue of Health&Healing, local practitioners will share how they address the unique health needs—and the important differences—of their male and female clients. We invite you to be part of the conversation.


A special section of the publication—Other Voices, Other Choices—provides a forum for area practitioners to submit articles related to the feature topic. In this section, we invite health care/health service providers who have a special connection to the feature topic to write articles about their work.

In the January issue of Health&Healing, we look forward to hearing from the practitioners—gynecologists, obstetricians, urologists—who specialize in gender-specific health issues. However, biological differences account for only one part of the differences in how diseases are experienced by males and females. Cultural influences are also important—particularly when they affect the way women and men address their health concerns. These influences are reflected if different rates of depression, suicide, eating disorders, and gender-based violence.

So, in this next issue, we look forward to hearing from practitioners who work with patients suffering from eating disorders, recovering from gender-based violence, or dealing with gender identity issues. We also want to hear from the counselors, coaches, and other healers who find that different approaches, based on gender, are needed to help their patients.

To join the conversation, see information about the Other Voices, Other Choices section in Advertising in Health&Healing, and contact us at 919-967-6802.


The following are reservation deadlines to guarantee space in the January 2022 issue; advertisements may be included after these dates on a space available basis. To reserve space, a reservation contract must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. Contact us for information or a reservation contract.

  • Reserve article space by December 20
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  • Other Voices, Other Choices articles due January 10
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