Men, What’s Going On?
Do you want to hear an alarming statistic? Women are 100% more likely than men to seek annual exams and preventative health care. That is an astounding figure in and of itself – now consider according to the CDC men die first from the top 10 causes of death and die approximately six years earlier.
Men, what’s going on? Why are you so afraid of going to the doctor? One can imagine a variety of reasons – men may fear the stigma of admitting to feeling an illness. They might fear the unknown, knowing they have families and friends counting on them. They may be busy. They may be stubborn and macho.
June is National Men’s Health Awareness Month and the goal is to shine a light on this trend. It’s a time when all of us who love our dads, husbands, brothers and friends need to remind them to seek the preventative care that can result in early detection and treatment. It’s also a good time to remind them – and support them - towards striving for healthier living overall through their diet and fitness.
What are the stakes? Heart attacks, strokes, and cancers – notably prostate cancer. These are leading killers in men, and there are warning signs that can be detected. Pre-hypertension and hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol and difficulty with urination can all be signs that something is wrong and should be a signal to reach out to a health care professional. They can help you with a plan to address these
Men, here’s a little secret. We women know it is hard to talk about your body and it’s time to start speaking up. Do you think we don’t have that sinking feeling when we have a headache that won’t go away or can’t tackle our own cholesterol issues? We do. We get scared and frustrated but something – some indefinable force – seems to compel us to seeking answers whether with our peers or our doctors.
So men, talk to us please. The women in your lives want you to be around for a long time, and we are more than willing to help you with your health and your concerns. A health problem doesn’t make you less of a man – the courage is in speaking up. Women, we have a part in this too. Don’t let your favorite man get away with it. Let’s start asking them the questions we ask ourselves. It’s all about keeping the favorite people in your lives happy, healthy and most importantly WITH us!
For more information on National Men’s Health Awareness month and activities you can do to raise awareness in your little corner of the world please check out menshealthmonth.org and perhaps give the cause a shout out on your favorite social media platform at some point during the month.