Take Part in Men’s Health Week
Each year the week leading up to Father’s Day is recognized as Men’s Health Week to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The week also gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals the opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Research shows that women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men. This reality is referred to as a silent health crisis in America in which men live sicker and die younger than women. In 1920, women lived on average one year longer than men.
Today, men on average die almost six years earlier than women. Additionally, men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death and are the victims of over 92 percent of workplace deaths.
By establishing healthy living and eating habits, men can improve their overall health and ensure they live longer, safer, and healthier lives. Below are several tips men can use to improve their health:
- • Learn your family history: determine the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer.
- • Know & understand your numbers: blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index numbers and more, can reveal health status and show risk for certain diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
- • Get check-ups: some diseases may not have obvious symptoms, so it is important to be screened for potentially health hazardous illnesses.
- • Eat well & exercise: Limit food and drinks that are high in sugar, salt, calories, fat, and alcohol and be active for at least 2.5 hours a week.
Protecting the health of men and boys requires only a few small lifestyle changes but is worth the effort.