Men’s Health Month!

man smilingThe purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Silent Health Crisis

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.

Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death and are the victims of over 92% of workplace deaths. In 1920, women lived, on average,one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women.

Cause & Rate of Death            Men          Women

Heart Disease                           228.6           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

 

Depression and Suicide

Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 x as likely to commit suicide.

Among 15- to 19-year-olds, boys were 4 x as likely as girls to commit suicide.

Among 20- to 24-year-olds, males were 6 x as likely to commit suicide as females

The suicide rate for persons age 65 and above: men…28.5 – women…3.9.

Click on the following links to find out more information on what men can do to improve their health.

http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/menshealthfacts.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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