Individual health and wellness are a part of life that everyone needs to take seriously. Research has shown that most men tend to focus less on their health and well-being than their female counterparts. This is something that needs to change.
As part of Men’s Health Week 2020 (June 14-20), here are some basic facts regarding men’s health from the CDC, Men’s Health Network and The National Cancer Institute:
- As of 2000, women were 100 percent more likely to see a physician for annual examinations and preventative services when compared to men
- A man’s life expectancy is five years less than a woman’s
- The two leading causes of death for men are heart disease and cancer
- 170,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year
- 30,000 men die of prostate cancer every year
- Men are four times more likely to take their own lives when compared to women
This year during Men’s Health Week, we need to encourage our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons and friends to take a more active role in their health and well-being. They deserve support to be able to help them face their health head on. With support and guidance, steps can be taken to achieve a healthier lifestyle that is so crucial.
Here are some steps that can be taken to help improve your health:
- Ensure that you get regular physicals and speak with your medical providers when problems arise
- Make better food choices by eating healthier foods and bringing lunch from home instead of eating out every day
- Do physical activity throughout the day – at work and at home
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night – recommended minimum is seven hours
- Find outlets that help to deal with stress
Everyone’s health and wellness journey are different, and there is no specific recipe that works for everyone. If you are looking for ideas on how to improve your health, Men’s Health Network has great resources that can help. You can also speak with a member of our yoUBwell team and find support in our wellness specialists. Call 716.204.3200 to make an appointment or request a telemedicine consultation with our wellness specialists today.