Did you know that the life expectancy for American men was only one year less than for American women in 1920, but men now live an average of nearly six fewer years than American women?
Were you aware that American men are nearly four times more likely to die of suicide than American women, twice as likely to die of injuries and roughly 50 percent more likely to die of cancer and heart disease?
These statistics are in a Men’s Health Network report that cites data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau Statistics.
The saddest report of the report, though, might be that American men aren’t properly taking care of themselves–although they have certainly known for a long time that women outlive them. The report says that women are twice as likely as men to be examined by doctors annually.
The Male Health Center, citing a survey by the Cable News Network (CNN) and Men’s Health magazine, reports that nine million American men haven’t seen a doctor in the past five years.
Men’s Health Month is an effort to begin to change these frightening numbers. From June 1 through June 30, medical professionals and health clinics all over the nation are offering free health screenings and medical checkups to men as well as health fairs and other educational events that are designed to make men more aware of what they need to do be healthier.
Men’s Health Month includes Men’s Health Week, which is from June 10 through June 16 (which is also Father’s Day).
Kimaya Dixit, the managing editor of the Talking About Men’s Health blog, notes that colon cancer and heart disease can be treated if they are diagnosed early and points out that some health conditions, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone affect only men. Although many different doctors recommend that men over 40 take a natural testosterone booster, Kimaya does not recommend it.
Dixit urges women to give men a special present for Father’s Day.
“We should encourage him to visit a healthcare professional, to eat healthy and to exercise often,” she wrote. “And let’s not forget to practice what we preach and set an example for him.”
The CDC’s advice for Men’s Health Month includes getting more sleep; exercising moderately at least 20 minutes daily; eating more fruits and vegetables; reducing stress by participating in more social activities; and not smoking, drinking or using drugs.
Other ways men can help improve their health is to join a community sports league
Mens Health Events All Over USA
An organization called Men’s Health Month lists several health screenings that will be held to celebrate the month. They include:
* A community health fair in Baltimore on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3459 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore.
* A Men’s Health Awareness Day in Los Angeles on Saturday, June, 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tommy Trojan Plaza on the USC University Park campus.
* A Men’s Health Summit in Jackson, Tenn., on Friday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 101 Jackson Walk Plaza.
* A Men’s Health Day in New York City on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA, 1121 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.
* A Men’s Health Summit in Boston on Saturday, June 29. This is an all-day event at the Whittier Street Health Center, 21290 Tremont St.
Men can be checked for high blood pressure, glaucoma, prostate cancer and other health conditions at these events. Earlier in June, the events that celebrated Men’s Health Month included a June 4-June 5 Healthy Families Summer Conference in Atlanta, a June 13-14 fundraiser to fight prostate cancer in Chicago, a June 15 National Fatherhood Conference in Philadelphia, and the June 15 Black Men’s Health & Wellness Expo in Orlando.
Men’s Health Month also has a list of what health organizations, businesses, churches, governments, colleges, factories, nonprofit groups and other organizations are doing to celebrate Men’s Health Month. There are dozens–maybe hundreds–of organizations listed.
Author Bio: Drew Littlejohns is the owner of VH Nutrition a natural health and mens health product distribution company.