June is National Men’s Health Month. On average, men die five years younger than women, and die at higher rates from nine of the top 10 causes of death, according to an article by Men’s Health Network on the website health.gov.
“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,” said Congressman Bill Richardson in May 1994, when Men’s Health Week was established.
In 2000 there were fewer than 80 men for every 100 women by the time they reach age 65 to 74.
Women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services.
Cancer — 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared to 1 in 3 women.
Steps to better health:
• 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 prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your health care provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more.
Online resources to explore
Men’s Health Month — menshealthmonth.org
Men’s Health Network — menshealthnetwork.org
Get It Checked — getitchecked.com
Talking About Men’s Health Blog — talkingaboutmenshealth.com
Women Against Prostate Cancer — womenagainstprostatecancer.org.