Did you know men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women, on average? Part of this is because men are more likely to go long periods of time without going to the doctor, they’re less likely to adopt preventive health measures and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors.¹
June is Men’s Health Month
Why is this important? The STATS.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death, heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries.
- According to the American Heart Association, over 39 million American men (1 in 3) suffer from one or more cardiovascular disease conditions, and every year just under half a million of them die of cardiovascular disease (1 in 4 men) — that’s more than cancer and diabetes combined.
- Depression is under-diagnosed in men. Men are over four times more likely than women to commit suicide.¹
- Over 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that impact their quality of life. Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die from it.¹
Eat Healthy. Get Moving. Making Prevention a Priority.
During Men’s Health Month, we encourage men to take control of their health. Let’s focus on encouraging men and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. As we age, healthy eating and exercise can:
- Increase mental acuteness
- Help resist disease and injury
- Offer faster recovery
- Yield higher energy levels
- Boost a functioning immune system
- Provide better management of chronic health problems
Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more. Access the Check-Up and Screening Guideline for Men.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Men’s Health Week
- Men’s Health Network
- Men’s Health Month
- Men’s Health Resource Center
- Source: Mens Health Resource Center