Fast facts about men’s health

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Don’t wait. Take charge of your health with these facts and tips.

Women are 100% more likely than men to go to the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a scary fact that is changing how we approach men’s health. That’s why campaigns like Men’s Health Month, Wear Blue Day, and Movemeber and Mustaches are gaining traction as we try to raise awareness about men’s health issues.

Here are five things to consider when it comes to men’s health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The top three leading causes of death among men in the U.S. are heart disease, cancer, and COVID.
  • Nearly 60% of men 18 and older have five or more drinks in one day.
  • More than 50% of men aged 20 and older have high blood pressure or take medication to treat high blood pressure.
  • On average women live five years longer than men, according to the CDC.
  • More than 40% of men aged 20 an older are obese.

You can help change these statistics with some lifestyle improvements. Here three steps you can implement to jumpstart your health, according to the Men’s Health Network:

  1. Eat healthy and start with small steps. Say yes to a healthy breakfast and say no to super-sizing meals. Try to include different types of foods and eat at least one fruit and vegetable with your meals. You can incorporate healthier snacks into your day and up your water intake slowly over time.
  2. Get moving. You need to include some type of physical activity into your day. Again, think in terms of small steps to get your started. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Play a sport. Play with your kids or grandkids. Opt for short walks after lunch or dinner. The key thing is to choose activities that will keep you motivated and moving.
  3. Make prevention a priority. Early detection can save lives and make health conditions easier to treat. Make sure to get regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Ask about regular screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health, colorectal cancer and more. These types of screenings will depend on your age and current risk factors.