My Hubby and I have an ongoing ‘argument’ about who has to die first…. I know — morbid, right? Actually, we each say we have to be the first to go, because we don’t want to have to live without the other one. Unfortunately, statistics aren’t on my side for winning that argument…
Did you know that “men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death”? (1) That’s what makes Men’s Health Month so important.
To help remind men of the importance of taking care of their health, the month of June has been designated as Men’s Health Month. According to MensHealthMonth.org (2),
“The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”MensHealthMonth.org
In addition to Men’s Health Month, June 14th through the 20th is Men’s Health Week. During this focus week, let’s give the men in our lives some love, even if it has to be a little tough love. You see, in general, men don’t see a doctor for a routine physical exam as often as women do. Sometimes, they may need a little nudge to encourage them to make those appointments.
Men, if you haven’t done so lately, now would be a good time to review your health. Have you seen your Primary Care Provider in the last year? Have you had a physical this year? Do you know your heart health numbers? Do you have any preventive screenings due?
Preventive Health Screenings for Men
You may have heard that old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventive screenings can help us catch problems early and make adjustments to our lifestyles if we need to.
Also, as we talked about in Is Your Chronic Illness Hiding a Problem, the earlier the doctors catch potential issues, the more treatment options we have and often, the less invasive those treatment options have to be.
So what kind of preventive screenings to men need to have?
I found several resources that talk about the different types of screening you may need, based on your age. I hope you’ll take a look at them and determine if you need to have any of these screenings done.
https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/pdfs/GetItChecked.pdf – WOMEN, there’s a checklist here for you too!
How Can We Support Men’s Health Month?
In addition to encouraging the men in our lives to take care of their health, we can help raise awareness on Social Media. MensHealthMonth.org has an entire Social Media toolkit we can use. It has graphics and suggested posts we can share with all our friends.
We can also participate in Wear Blue Day on June 18th. This is an awareness campaign created by Men’s Health Network. The goal is “to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives, and give women an opportunity to encourge them to do so. Many people take advantage of less stringent work attire to show their support of men’s health by wearing blue.” (3)
We often see information on Women and Children’s Health, but it seems we don’t place as much emphasis on Men’s Health. It’s time for that to change. Let’s start with International Men’s Health Month.
As we talked about earlier, men generally have a shorter lifespan, yet they are much less likely to get their preventive screenings. These screenings save lives. I know many of us (including me) would rather do almost anything else, but these check-ups really are vital.
Gentlemen, are you proactive with your health and wellbeing? How do you make sure you’re taking care of yourself? Ladies, how do you support the wellness efforts of the men in your life? Please share!
(1) Men’s Health Month Toolkit, http://www.menshealthmonth.org/mens-health-month-toolkit.html
(2) Men’s Health Month, https://menshealthmonth.org
(3) Wear Blue Day, http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/wearblue/friday/
***** All images are courtesy of Men’sHealthMonth.org and MensHealthNetwork.org