JUNE – IT’S A MAN’S WORLD
June is when we celebrate Father’s Day, and it’s also a good time to celebrate the health of those fathers (sons, uncles and brothers too). Do you know what health issues impact men more than women? June is Men’s Health Month and we’re here to give you the tips men need to stay healthy at any age.
CELEBRATING MEN’S HEALTH MONTH
All anyone has to do is look in any nursing home to understand that men do not have the same life expectancy as do women. By the age of 100, women outnumber men by eight to one. Why is that so? And what can be done to change it?
Men’s Health Month is a time to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
CHECK OUT THE FACTS, JACK…
- Same disease and different death rate. Men and women both die due to heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke, suicide and HIV/AIDS. In all of these cases, the incidence of men dying as a result is greater.
- Depression and suicide. Depression in men is often undiagnosed and contributes to the fact that men are four times as likely to commit suicide. The rate increases with age. Among those 65 and older, men are seven times more likely to commit suicide.
- Accidents and violence. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) during 2002 to 2011, the average homicide rate for males was 3.6 times higher than the rate for females. The average homicide rate for blacks was 6.3 times higher than the rate for whites. Men accounted for 92% of on-the-job fatalities.
- Testosterone or estrogen. Experts suspect that sex hormones are partially responsible for the higher mortality rate among men. The male hormone (testosterone) has been linked with aggression and competitiveness. In later life, testosterone increases blood levels of the bad cholesterol (known as LDL, for low-density lipoprotein) and decreases levels of the good one (HDL, for high-density lipoprotein), which increases men’s susceptibility to heart disease and stroke. The female hormone, estrogen, has beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol.
MANLY TIPS FOR LONGEVITY
Armed with these facts, what are men to do if they want to live to a ripe old age? Here are a few tips to help you make a new plan, Stan…
The longevity gender gap is closing, although not for the reasons we’d like to see. The increase in women’s longevity rate is slowing down due to more women smoking. As of 2010, the average life expectancy of a male at birth is 76.2. Would you like to live longer than that?
- Wellness checks. Go to the doctor on a regular basis. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Please don’t “wait and see” if a condition improves.
- Sleep. Get at least seven hours of shut eye. Avoid the man trap that you can overcome sleep deprivation by exercising or powering through it. Your body needs time to rejuvenate.
- Eat healthy. Other than sleep, eating healthy is the next best thing you can do for your health. Focus on nutrients rather than calories. If you’re not the main cook in the household, that’s no excuse! You can always shop.
- Ask for help. If your mental health is an issue, find help. A counselor, spiritual advisor, medical doctor or meditation are all ways to stay mentally healthy. Thoughts of suicide are serious matters and require professional help.
- Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, stop.
- Prostate care. The prostate grows as you age and many men develop urinary problems. Eating a low-fat healthy diet (see above) will reduce the likelihood of prostate growth and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
THEN GET ON THE BUS, GUS…