It Matters: Men’s Health!

by Kimberly Vanderpoel on June 14th, 2017

Did you know June is #Men’s Health Month? This month there is heightened awareness on preventable health problems, early detection, and treatment of diseases impacting men and boys.

What We Know:

  1. Currently, men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death.
  2. Men are at greater risk for death in every age group. More males than females are born (105 vs 100), but by age 35, women outnumber men.
  3. Men have a higher suicide death rate than women. Men account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries.
  4. Women are 100% more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services.
  5. 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared with 1 in 3 women.

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” — Congressman Bill Richardson (May 1994)

Stay Healthy with these Tips:

Eat Healthy.

Start by taking small steps like saying no to super-sizing and yes to a healthy breakfast. Eat many different types of foods to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Add at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal.

Get Moving.

Play with your kids or grandkids. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Play a sport. Keep comfortable walking shoes handy at work and in the car. Most importantly, choose activities that you enjoy to stay motivated.

Make Prevention a Priority. Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure,

Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups from your health care provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more.

Source: http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

 

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