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Why You Should Care About Men’s Health Week

This week June 10-16 2019, is Men’s Health Week.

The purpose of this week is to raise awareness on keeping boys and men healthy by providing a platform to challenge and debate key issues on this topic around the country.


Research shows:

– The health status on males in most countries, Australia included, is lower than the females.

– A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old.

– Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.

– Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that’s five men a day, on average).

– Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths.

By shedding light on preventable health problems, early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, we can encourage and create a safe space for men to recognise their health is of the utmost importance.

Where to start:

Start small: making small lifestyle changes can help manage and prevent poor health.

Nutrition: eat a healthy and balance diet. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables (5-7 servings) where you can.

Mental health: have a conversation with someone you feel comfortable with or seek the help and support of a professional if something doesn’t feel quite right. Managing your mental health can give you significant improvements in your quality of life, increase your capacity to support your family and your mates, and let you perform at your best.

See your Doctor: get your health checked and book an appointment more frequently. Seek treatment from your health professional if something isn’t quite right, remember early detection can save your life.

Alcohol: try to decrease your consumption. Those who consume 4-10 alcoholic drinks at most have a lower risk of developing diabetes. While drinking more than 10 drinks a week almost doubles your risk.

Physical activity: try walking or taking the stairs as a start. By introducing exercise into your daily routine you can lower your risk of a heart attack, and can improve your mood by reducing and managing your stress levels.

Sleep: try to get a good night’s sleep. Men who sleep 7-8 hours a night have about 60% less risk of a fatal health attack than those who sleep 5 hour or less.


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