On average, men die 5 to 7 years earlier than women and they die at higher rates from 9 out of the top 10 causes of death. Women are twice as likely to go to the doctor than men and men are also less likely to be insured than women are.
So what can you or your loved one do to ensure they are around for years to come?
-Get a physical! Most things that contribute to men's shorter lives are preventable! The best prevention means seeing a doctor on a regular basis and being honest about your health.
*This also means having a solid health insurance to help you better afford healthcare!
-Get physical! Getting active is the best way to lead a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it's hard to motivate yourself, so find a partner or a group to get fit with! Even a daily bike ride or walk can help keep you healthy!
-It's also important to know your family's health history. Does a disease or heart problem run in your family? Know your history and let your doctor know!
-Know your diet! Just being active may not be enough to keep you healthy. Make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet every day. Be aware of what you're eating and try to add more healthy items on your plate.
-Know when to seek help! This isn't just about physical health, your mental health is just as important! Find a therapist, a loved one, a buddy, or even a group that you feel comfortable with talking about the things on your mind, be open, be honest.
-If you have a man in your life that you care about let him know you care! Men tend to put their health on the back-burner while they take care of everyone or everything else. Let him know that you need him to be alive and healthy for as long as possible.
-On Friday, June 19th Wear Blue to show your support for raising awareness about men's and boy's health issues! Take pictures and share them on social media using #ShowUsYourBlue or #WearBlueForMen or #MensHealthMonth
-And as always continue to educate yourself about leading a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
For more information check out menshealthnetwork.org and menshealthresourcecenter.com
For a check list, for both men and women, on what you should get checked and at what age visit GetItChecked