On average, men live five years less than women and die at higher rates than women from the top causes of death. Men are also more likely than women to smoke and drink, more likely to engage in risky behaviors, and more likely to put off checkups and regular preventative care. National Men’s Health Week, observed annually in the week leading up Father’s Day, is intended to heighten awareness of preventable health problems, and to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early detection and treatment for disease and injury.
Taking Care of Yourself
So what can men do to focus more on their health and well-being?
Get a Good Nights Sleep
Lack of sufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions and is also responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents.
When you quit smoking it improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.
Get at least 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity every week and perform muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week.
Eat more fruits and vegetables every day and limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
While stress can be good sometimes, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control.
Look for the Signs
If you notice signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination see your doctor right away.
Want to Know More?
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Complete information about men’s health concerns is available in the Health Reference Series volume, Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition.