National Men’s Health Week is June 15-21, the week leading up to Father’s Day. What better way to show dad you love him than by encouraging good health and longevity!
To quote Congressman Bill Richardson, in 1994 – the year Men’s Health Week was created by congress—he said, “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.”
This year, we’re raising awareness of early detection and treatment for the preventable health problems men regularly face.
In both men and women, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. However, heart conditions in general kill almost twice as many males. According to the CDC, nearly half of all Americans have three or more risk factors for heart disease.
Here are the risk factors to be cautious of:
- Physical inactivity
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Other common health issues for men include:
- Pneumonia and influenza
- Liver disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory disease
- Alcohol Use
- Depression and Suicide
- Unintentional injuries and accidents
- Skin cancer
For a healthier life, men should always keep a close eye on the following:
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood pressure
- Urination changes
- Unexpected weight changes
- The appearance of teeth and eyes
- Skin coloring and texture
Make Health a Priority
There are many ways to prevent life-threatening conditions andreverse damage if you take action and detect the issue early. But, did you know that men are 37 percent more likely to die from cancer overall, and 67 percent more likely to die than women from cancers both sexes share? Men are also twice as likely as women to die early from diabetes.
These statistics, in part, can be boiled down to the fact that men are less likely to visit the doctor. According to a Cleveland Clinic survey, a whopping 60 percent of men don’t go to the doctor at all. Avoiding regular doctor visits can be detrimental to your health, and in some cases, your life since early detection plays such a significant role in recovery.
Below are statistics from one study’s findings that the following percentage of men stated they would not take off work for these various health issues:
- Blood in their urine: 30%
- Unexpected lump: 40%
- Chest Pain: 42%
- Anxiety/Panic attack: 81%
- Feeling depressed: 85%
If you are one of the many men who are not making your health a top priority, we encourage you to take this week to reevaluate. For more information on how men can stay healthy, click here to review the CDC’s National Men’s Health Week resources.
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