Not only do various illness and diseases look and act differently in men and women, how men and women view prevention differs as well.
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
In fact the Centre For Disease Control reports that women are 100% more likely to see their doctor for their annual check-up than men. According to research by Angus Reid on behalf of Amgen and Pfizer Canada, one-quarter of men who have seen a doctor in the last six months reported that they waited until their symptoms were “very” or “extremely severe” before they made an appointment with their doctor.
Women are conditioned to go to see their doctor for a yearly check-up, where as men, often wait until things have gone array before they see their doctor. Because of poor health habits, failure to seek medical attention and dangerous occupations, men often die younger than women.
“There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women“. Dr. David Gremillion, Men’s Health Network.
Why Should Men Be Concerned:?
Men’s Health Facts:
- Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death and are the victims of over 92% of workplace deaths. (BLS)
- In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women. (CDC)
- By the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one. (NYT Magazine, 3-16-03)
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resilience By Celebrating International Men’s Health Week:
Wear a blue ribbon or pin to remind the men around you to get screened for prostrate cancer
10 Tips for men in particular:
- Early detection can save lives. Take the time to get your annual physical.
- Take prescription medicine as directed
- Do a monthly testicular exam
- Do a monthly skin exam for spots or changes
- After 40, get a rectal exam every 1-2 years
- Get your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars tested yearly
- Stay at home and take the time to recover when you are sick
- Talk to someone if you are feeling pressured or anxious
- Find ways to ensure a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Keep physically active
Here’s To Your Health!
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