Men are often referred to as the stronger sex. Yet on average, American men tend to be less healthy and die sooner than their female counterparts.
Men’s Health Month is a national health observance held each June – the month we honor fathers – to raise awareness of health issues affecting men and boys.
According to Men’s Health Network – a non-profit group that advocates for men’s health – there are several reasons why men die at higher rates than women:
- They are more likely to be victims of homicide and suicide;
- The comprise over 92% of workplace deaths;
- They’re at higher risk for certain health problems, such as high cholesterol; and
- They’re less likely to visit a healthcare provider for annual examinations and preventive services.
“Families should take the opportunity this Father’s Day to encourage their sons and dads to get yearly checkups and to seek early treatment for disease and injury,” says Trinity Health Physician Assistant Lori Wolff, PA-C.
Thankfully, most men’s health threats are largely preventable by making the right choices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers several tips that apply to all of us, men included: get good sleep, toss out tobacco, move more, eat healthy, tame stress, and stay on top of your game by paying attention to signs and symptoms of potential health problems.