Traditionally, every June is National Men’s Health Month in the United States. Senior Living Experts wants to help men live longer, healthier lives.
Men’s Health Statistics
Keep in mind that the leading causes of death in America, in no particular order, are cancer, vascular disease, suicide, and diabetes.
- Men live an average of 5 years less than women
- Over half of “premature” deaths in men are preventable
- Men are less likely than women to make preventative doctor visits than women (50% fewer)
- Half of all men will experience cancer during their life
- Men tend to have higher “at risk” lifestyles and jobs
- Men have an overall higher death rate from the leading causes of death stated above
- Men’s health is tricky; because men are taught to be “tough”; so they often ignore signs of medical distress or health and don’t seek help at the first sign of a medical problem
- Depression in men is very real and men are 4x as likely to succeed in suicide attempts; the link provided provides an excellent resource regarding men and depression
Be a Healthier Man
As you age it’s important to pay close attention to your health and even more so, preventative medicine. Wouldn’t it be easier if we had a Blueprint for Men’s Health or came with instructions? The link above provides a free 70+ page book to address men’s health and taking action to live longer and healthier lives.
- Take Charge – It’s your body and you are in charge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, get educated, and speak up when it comes to your health.
- Utilize Free Resources – Seniors can feel as though staying healthy is too expensive so using free resources can be the answer to a healthier life. Local health fairs, free screening events, free or low-cost clinics, free online books and pamphlets, and the Men’s Health Network (1-888-636-2636) are just a few resources available.
- Self Exams – Self exams do not necessarily have to be done by ourselves. Common exams include breast exams, testicular exams, and skin checks (especially areas that you yourself cannot see); these exams can be done by a partner or caregiver regularly, as well as during your regular doctor’s office visits.
- Act Quickly – According to the book “Blueprint for Men’s Health” a recent study showed that two-thirds of all men wouldn’t seek medical attention even if they were experiencing shortness of breath or chest pain (two major signs of a possible heart attack)! We have to change the way men think about reacting to pain, aches, and literally trying to “be tough” so they realize that acting quickly can save their life.
Let Senior Living Experts guide you during Men’s Health Month with information and resources to help you and the men you care about live long and happy, healthy lives.Cited Works:Photo by jp26jp / PixabayMen's Health Month Website