We’re only just beginning to understand how vulnerable men actually are, to all kinds of hidden problems, as well as the more obvious ones. What is glass skin and how do you get it? From Monday 11 June the world is celebrating Men’s Health Week, in order to highlight the wide variety health issues tackled by men everywhere. It’s also Diabetes Awareness Week, and acknowledging this, the charity Men’s Health Forum has produced a guide to how diabetes specifically affects men. Here’s what we know about Men’s Health Week and how you can be a part of it, regardless of your gender. Being active is just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s vital to spread the message of Men’s Health Week because studies consistently show men are much less likely to visit a doctor, or even notice signs of illness, than women are. Research from Boots has found that men are less likely to follow up on warning symptoms, with blokes in Britain visiting the doctor 20 per cent less than their female partners. This isn’t ideal considering that in the UK, more than 100,000 men a year die prematurely, and one man in five dies before the age of 65. Seeking help could have saved many of those lives. All kinds of health issues affect men more than they do women.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that mental health is the biggest problem that younger men face. Suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 and 34, and it’s thought that men’s reluctance to talk about their depression or feelings of hopelessness is behind the horrifying statistics. Overall, the three biggest killers of men of all ages are cardiovascular disease, suicide and motor vehicle accidents. It’s all about making sure men are mentally and physically in good nick
Additionally, alcohol consumption kills six times more men than women across the globe. Smoking, skin cancer, testicular cancer, liver disease and diabetes are also major killers of males, while 80 per cent of all spinal cord injuries affect young men. Men live 4.4 years less than women do on average, and this is absolutely down to lifestyle rather than genetics, or evolutionary advantage. If you want to get involved in Men’s Health Week, you can sign up to the Men’s Health Forum site, donate to the charity, or share these great infographics and posters. The charity also has an online shop which sells, among other things, a brilliant ‘check your nuts’ keyring.
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/12/mens-health-week-can-get-involved-7624765/