In recognition of June being Men’s Health Month, Crespective is putting the numbers out there. The life expectancy of Males at Birth is 76.2 years as opposed to Women at Birth 81.0 years. Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death, 6 including:
- Heart Disease 22.8 143.0
- Cancer 211.6 146.8
- Injuries 51.1 24.6
- Stroke 39.7 37.8
- Suicide 19.2 4.9
- HIV/AIDS 4.4 1.7
“There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”
-Dr. David Gremillion, Men’s Health Network
So the big question is what’s the reason? In a recent survey from African-American males ages 20-58, Crespective found that out of 7 men who considered their health very important only 3 visited their primary care doctor annually. That stat alone could be one reason for such an unbalance in health concerning men and women.
Designed to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, Men’s Health Month brings awareness to our male society concerning health issues that can be prevented. Some issues targeted are depression, anxiety, stress, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, prostate health, and sexually transmitted diseases especially in younger males. To support Men’s Health we wear blue. That’s not it!! Many communities provide health fairs and yearly health symposiums to contribute to the well-being of men and boys by way of educating them and screening for certain diseases. Also with the national initiative to get affordable healthcare to everyone, President Obama has incorporated free preventative health services as a benefit in Marketplace plans and other healthcare insurance plans. Go Mr. President!! If free annual wellness visits doesn’t encouragement men to get the proper screenings, the fact that men are living approximately 5 years less than women should be an encouraging factor for men to act now in taking charge of your health. This statistic doesn’t only affect our men, pre-mature death in men is causing a rise in poverty in our older women because traditionally in our older generation, the men “brought home the bacon”. We need you men and want you to live your best years stronger and longer.
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please visit Men’s Health.