13 June 2014 National Men's Health Week June 9 - 15, 2014
The week leading up to Father's Day is National Men's Health Week, a great time not only to honor and love our fathers, but ensure they have all the tools and tests in place to live long, healthy lives.
The goal of Men's Health Week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Remember, it's not just about prostate checks; obesity and Diabetes are preventable health problems too.
Men, unfortunately, require a little more encouragement when it comes to self-help than their female counterparts. Here are a few stats taken from Dietitians Online about how men act concerning health issues:
- Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests.
- Men are 28 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure.
- Men are 32 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for long-term complications of diabetes and are more than twice as likely than women to have a leg or foot amputated due to complications related to diabetes.
- Men are 24 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for pneumonia that could have been prevented by getting an immunization.
If you need something to put in front of the man/men in your life, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force put together this PDF brochure, "Men: Stay Health at Any Age" (2014).
The CDC has a page full of ideas and things you can do with/for the fathers in your lives to improve health. They include things like getting good sleep, tossing out the tobacco, moving more. Read them all here.
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