Men's Health Week 2022, 13th to 19th of June
Men's Health Week focuses on creating physically, mentally and emotionally healthy environments in the home, workplace and in social settings for men and boys across the country. It’s an opportunity to provoke thought and discussion about what needs to be done to improve male health.
Many men do not make their physical health a high priority, but the ailments that cause the most deaths and illnesses in men are either preventable or treatable. Common risks include heart disease, cancer and depression, and gender-specific issues include prostate problems, erectile dysfunction and an increased likelihood of risky behavior.
There are many way to take control of your health, such as…
- Being active for 30 minutes most days
- Eating a balanced diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Drinking in moderation
- Not smoking
But a healthy lifestyle is not a guarantee against illness, so be sure to see your doctor regularly for tailored advice.
The risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes increases over time for men. If caught early, doctors can more effectively treat many major conditions, so after the age of 45 men might want to check for…
- Bowel cancer
- Diabetes especially if you have high blood pressure, are overweight or have other risk factors.
- Blood pressure every 2 years, or annually if you have high blood pressure or risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
- High Cholesterol especially if you have risk factors for heart disease.
- Lung Cancer from age 55 if you have a significant history of smoking.
Societal expectations may cause men to feel they need to suppress their emotions and avoid communicating about them, leading to poor mental health such as depression, as well as why they are much more likely to die from suicide than women. So if you’ve lost pleasure in things you normally enjoy, or experience prolonged sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, excessive anger or difficulty sleeping, be sure to talk to somebody.
By Grant J Everett
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