“Men lead women in the 15 top causes of death except for Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Nina Radcliff reports, “which many experts attribute to the fact that men die almost six years earlier than women, on average.” Now, we don’t want to start your summer with a bummer, but June is Men’s Health Month, the beginning of a new, active season and an optimal time to take stock of your health (or nudge a loved one to do so).
Compared to women, men are more likely to:
Be overweight or obese
Avoid the doctor’s office
Not ask for help with their health
Drink alcohol excessively
Engage in risky behaviors
You already know the consequences of these behaviors, so we’ll spare you the lecture. Fortunately, most of these health hazards are within your control, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to combat – just as trying to go it alone with the advice “eat better, move more” isn’t a magic bullet for everyone.
If you need a hand interrupting unhealthy patterns, the Y is here to help. Ask your local branch about our wellness programs and beat the odds — with caring support at every step.