Men’s Health Week 2016 runs from the 13th to the 19th of June. The week is led by Men’s Health Forum, a charity that works to improve men’s health services and the health of men. Previous years have focused on healthy living, health in the workplace, and mental health. The focus in 2016 will be methods for dealing with stress.
Why is Men’s Health Week important ?
Healthy living for men is very important, especially as many men do not take adequate care of their health. The Men’s Health Forum states: “men are less likely to lead a healthy lifestyle. Men are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol to hazardous levels and be overweight or obese. These lifestyles can lead into serious diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and strokes, the risk of which can be reduced by leading a healthy lifestyle.”
Common Male Health Conditions
An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to serious consequences. Smoking, excessive drinking and lack of regular exercise are the last things the doctor ordered. Although at the time you may feel invulnerable, you are greatly increasing the risk of the following conditions:
Heart Disease: The leading cause of death for men aged 50 and over. Almost 1 in 5 men in the UK die from heart disease.
Cancer: Lung cancer is by far the most common cause of male cancer deaths, accounting for nearly 1 in 4. Want to quit smoking? Visit our ‘Stop Smoking’ clinic.
High Blood Pressure: 1 in 3 adults in the UK have high blood pressure. An estimated 7 million people haven’t been diagnosed. Get your blood pressure checked regularly.
Overweight/Obesity: 67% of men in the UK were recorded as being overweight or obese in 2014. Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Erectile Dysfunction: Most men will experience ED at some point in their life. ED can be a symptom of an underlying physical condition such as high blood pressure or heart disease. If you have experienced ED, take our free online consultation.
How To Keep Healthy
Hopefully you already enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. If you want to improve your lifestyle then Men’s Health Week is the perfect trigger. Nobody is perfect and most of us could make improvements in some way or other. Men’s Health Week 2015 will encourage men to:
- Look after their relationships and well-being
- Try to quit or cut down smoking
- Drink sensibly
- Be active. The NHS describes exercise as a ‘miracle drug’.
- Watch their weight
- Attend a health check-up.
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