The truth is, men don’t live as long as women. Although the male to female ratio at birth is 105:100, by the age of 65-74 the ratio of men to women is 80:100. So, what’s behind this disparity?
For starters, men are plagued with statistics like being three to four times as likely to be autistic, up to three times likely to suffer from dyslexia and 16 times as likely to be color blind. Every year, 450,000 men die from cardiovascular disease. One sixth of the male population in the U.S. will get prostate cancer and 50 percent of men will develop some type of cancer in his lifetime. Men aren’t fairing well on the scale either with 60 percent of men being overweight or obese, most likely contributing to some of the 13 million men who have diabetes.
Please don’t panic men, there is hope for your good health. Testicular cancer, most common in men ages 15-35, is 100 percent treatable when caught and cured early. The only way to find cancer early and treat it quickly is visit the doctor regularly. Depending on a man’s age, he should be getting a complete physical exam every year or every three years. Men over the age of 50 should be getting colorectal exams every three to four years to screen for colon cancer. All men (and women for that matter) should visit the doctor as soon as possible if feeling any signs of heart attack and stroke.
As important as it is to visit the doc, it is also vital to maintain a healthy body between visits. Get regular exercise and refrain from indulging on foods high in cholesterol or saturated fats. Limit alcohol intake while trying to guzzle at least eight glasses of water a day. Also, know your body. Perform testicular, skin, oral and breast cancer self-exams around the same time each month to catch any early signs that something may be wrong.
June may be dedicated to Men’s Health Month, but men’s health is important every other month too. And thanks to Nursing@Georgetown for sharing their infographic!