Making an impact
Just in time for Father’s Day, June 11th-17th is Men’s Health Awareness Week.
From diabetes to cancer, this impactful week focuses on those issues that affect men and boys and encourages them to seek treatment at the earliest symptoms.
The Top 10
According to the CDC, 10 main causes of men’s health problems including:
Heart Disease-Even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, men generally develop heart disease 10-15 years earlier than their female counterparts.
Cancer-The top three leading causes of cancer deaths in men are lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer.
Unintentional Injuries-falls, drug overdose, or traffic incidents contribute largely to male deaths, and are often preventable.
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease-Bronchitis, Asthma, and other obstructive pulmonary diseases (like COPD) are large contributors to male health problems, though many of their symptoms can usually be detected early.
Stroke-Although stroke has a higher mortality rate in women, it claims a large number of men. Incorporating a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of it occurring.
Diabetes-Often called the “silent killer,” diabetes is a growing problem in the male community and often causes more deaths in men than in women.
Suicide-Men commit suicide at nearly four times the rate than women, and are also less likely to seek help for mental health services.
Alzheimer’s disease-Although scientists are unsure of the cause for Alzheimer’s, studies show that reducing factors such as high blood pressure can help reduce the risk of developing it.
Influenza and pneumonia-The CDC recommends vaccines in order to prevent against these diseases, which are more likely to cause death in older adults and children.
Kidney Disease-Most individuals who have Kidney disease are unware of it, and those with diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease are more likely to develop it.
Though the facts on male health can be overwhelming, Men’s Health Week aims to change these statistics and bring awareness to the community about preventable health issues among men and boys—and the initiative is for everyone.
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“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.”
-Congressman Bill Richardson