Friday, 8 June 2012

Men’s health: it’s time

It seems that leading a hectic lifestyle is par for the course these days. Work, family commitments and just getting through every day can be a real struggle for many of us. Too often, taking care of our health falls at the bottom of our ‘to do’ lists; this is particularly true when it comes to men.

Compared to women, men visit the doctor less frequently, have shorter visits and only attend when an illness is in its later stages. This less than ideal approach to taking care of themselves has seen male deaths outnumber female deaths in every age group (except the over-65s because a large percentage of men sadly die before reaching retirement).1

Men’s Health Week, 11–17 June 2012, is all about improving men’s attitudes to taking care of themselves. It’s about teaching men and boys to manage their health responsibly to decrease the risk of illness, serious injury and even death.

Major health risks for men include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer, skin cancer and prostate cancer. However, men can reduce their risk by making simple lifestyle changes and committing to regular medical checkups. For example, just 30 minutes of exercise each day can have a real effect on reducing a male’s risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

MedicAlert® Foundation, as a proud sponsor of Men’s Health Week, wants to see men become more proactive about looking after their health and wellbeing. By monitoring your health regularly and being aware of your family medical history, you can significantly increase your chance of catching any health issues early. Finding a GP you’re comfortable with is the first step.

If you have a health issue already, MedicAlert membership can provide life-saving benefits. A MedicAlert medical ID will quickly and effectively communicate your medical information should an emergency arise. The great thing is MedicAlert Foundation has jewellery specifically designed for men and boys. The range includes fashionable, high-quality jewellery as well as discrete bracelets and necklets. There’s something to suit everyone.

So guys, it’s time to make a real commitment to taking care of your health; be honest with yourself, address any issues and take the time to put yourself first.