Men’s Health Week is an annual event that occurs the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. The primary goal of devoting an entire week to the health of men is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage participation in screenings among men.
A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011 found that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. The CDC is trying to reverse that trend.
The most recent National Vital Statistics Report put the average lifespan for females at 81.8 years and males at 76.2 years. The root of this difference could be a number of physiological factors; but what if it’s something simpler? What if the driving factor behind this difference is the fact that most males are less likely to visit doctors for annual preventative exams then their female counterparts? What if all it took to bridge this gap was a bit more awareness and encouragement?
How to make a difference
This week is the perfect week to raise awareness. Encourage your grandfathers, fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons to go in for a routine physical. Typically, it’s much easier to treat conditions if detected as close as possible to the onset.
“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” – Congressman Bill Richardson
Here is a great preventable maintenance schedule for both men and women so you can keep on track with the latest recommendations. If everyone in your family is already in close contact with your primary care physician, make an attempt at improving one aspect of your life.
It could be as simple as drinking more water, walking for 15 minutes or working on a specific aspect of your diet, such as cutting back your red meat intake. Every little bit can help.