June is National Men’s Health Month.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Did you know that one man in five dies before the age of 65? Or that men are nearly twice as likely as women to die prematurely from diabetes and are 67% more likely to die than women from common cancers that affect both sexes.
So June is for the men. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
Men’s Health Month Poster | http://www.menshealthmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/MHM-Poster-2015-v1.pdf
Men’s Health 8.5×11 Flyer | http://www.menshealthmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/mhm-flyer-sml.pdf
Men’s Health Risks Infographic | http://www.menshealthmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/MHW-Infographic.pdf
- Only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics, 70% is controllable through lifestyle.
- Inactive men are 60% more likely to suffer from depression than those who are active.
- Men who consume 4 to 10 alcoholic drinks a week at most have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Drinking more than 10 drinks a week almost double your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Men who sleep 7 – 8 hours a night have about 60% less risk of fatal heart attack than those who sleep 5 hours or less.
- How easy is this?! Getting your 5 – 7 servings of fruit and veggies is as simple as a glass of orange juice, one potato, one big carrot, ½ an avocado, and a pear.
- Men who climb 50 stairs or walk 5 city blocks a day may lower their risk of heart attack by 25%.
- One man in five dies before the age of 65.
- There are almost as many deaths from suicide amongst men over the age of 50 as there are for men under 45.
- Men are 67% more likely to die from the common cancers that affect both sexes.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men and the cancer that causes most deaths amongst men over 85.
Men are nearly twice as likely as women to die prematurely from diabetes
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The Top 10 Diseases that Kill Men
- Heart disease – Heart disease is the number one killer of men in the United States.
- Cancers – Lung cancer is the number one killer among cancer in men, and most are preventable. Men need to also be aware of cancers such as prostate cancer, colon cancer and testicular cancer.
- Injuries – Accidents happen and the key to minimizing the risk of death is to use common sense and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- Stroke – A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted, causing brain cells to die.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Emphysemaand chronic bronchitis are the two types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and both are most commonly caused by smoking.
- Diabetes – The pancreas makes insulin to help cells use glucose for energy. Diabetes describes the situation where insulin function in the body is abnormal.
- Influenza and pneumonia – A healthy lifestyle and healthy body makes for a strong immune system that can fight common infections likeinfluenza. It is important to follow public health recommendations for routine immunizations to reduce the risk of contracting the flu, and its complications such as
- Suicide – Thoughts of self-harm are not normal. They should not be ignored by a man, family, or friends, and should be considered an emergency situation.
- Kidney disease – The kidneys filter impurities from the blood and dispose of them in the urine.
- Alzheimer’s disease – Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease describes a gradual loss of cognition and intellectual ability including language, attention, memory, and problem solving is an otherwise healthy person.
Wear Blue Day!
On average, men in the United States die five and a half years earlier than women and at a higher rate from 9 of the top 10 leading causes of death. This Men’s Health Month, the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging men to take important steps towards improving their health, such as eating healthy food, staying active, quitting smoking, getting regular checkups and taking care of their mental health needs. https://www.usa.gov/features/wear-blue-and-support-mens-health-month
Men’s Health Month: Tips to Pass Along
The goal of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness about preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Throughout the month, pass along these three important tips to your friends, family members and community. Let’s make men’s health a national priority!
- Eat Healthy. Experts recommend starting with small steps such as portion control and remembering to eat a healthy breakfast.
- Get Moving. Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and supports cardiovascular health.
- Make a Prevention a Priority. Because many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with routine checkups from a healthcare practitioner, men are encouraged to get regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, prostate health and more.
Additional Websites and Resources
- Interesting Facts About Men
- 9 Myths About Men’s Health
- Men’s Health and Smoking
- Supporting Men’s Health Month and Movember
- 27 Weird Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Heart
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