BLOG: Men’s health week 2014
June 9th - June 15th.
This week is Men's Health week which runs from the 9th of June until the 15th. So you're prob wondering what all the fuss is about and why there is a week devoted specifically to men's health. Well you may not know it but
- Irish men die, on average, almost five years younger than women do.
- Men have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death
So why does this happen? Is it because men and women are so genetically different? In fact it’s got nothing to do with science, and more to do with the fact that men are much less likely to look after their health than women, and less likely to seek help when they need it, instead hoping the problem will go away itself.
The aim of Men’s Health Week is to encourage men to be aware of their own health and wellbeing, and to do something to look after it. So this week we are asking all you men out there to do something to look after your health. If you’re not sure where to start how about doing some of the things below.
Get a good night’s sleep
Missing out on those valuable Zzzz’s can have a big impact on your health. Not getting enough sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. It can also make you cranky and not much fun to be around. The good news is that it can be easily fixed. Check out our article on getting a good night’s sleep for more info.
Get your 5 a day
We’ve all heard it before but our body cannot function properly on a junk food diet, just like a car cannot run on dirty oil. Improving your energy levels could be as simple as increasing your fruit and veg intake each day. If you find it near impossible to prepare veg for dinner every evening- buy some frozen vegetables and keep them handy in the freezer. Grab an apple for your morning snack instead of that bag of crisps. Start small, and at the beginning try to at least have one or two pieces of fruit and veg a day. Slowly increase until you have something every day. Before you know it you’ll be up to your 5 a day and feeling full of energy.
Go for a regular NCT test
Make some time to book yourself in for a health check up with the doctor. Let them know that you want a routine checkup and don’t forget to get a regular STI screening, as many STI’s don’t have any symptoms.
Don’t forget about your mental health
Often when we think about our health, we tend to focus on our physical health and forget about our mental health. Our mental health is so important and can have a knock on negative affect on our physical health when we don’t look after it. If you feel like things at work, school or just every day life is getting you down, be sure to talk to someone about it before it becomes a problem. You can also check out our free app called MiYo which helps you track your wellbeing. You can download it for free here.
Check your balls
Testicular cancer is one of the leading cancers in young men aged 18-35. However, if this cancer is found early, then it can be treated successfully. One way of catching it early is to regularly examine your testicles (or balls) Take a few minutes to read our info on examining your balls as it could literally save your life.
Don't be a statistic! Look after your health by going for regular health check ups. For more information on men's health check out www.spunout.ie/menshealth