Saturday, June 11, 2011

Men's Health Month

Like any humans the health of men is important (despite what others may say or portray) and The US Department of Health and Human Services has a few facts to share when it comes to men's health.
Learn the Facts
When you get a preventive medical test, you’re not just doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for your family and loved ones:

Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests.

Men are 28 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure.

Men are 32 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for long-term complications of diabetes and are more than twice as likely than women to have a leg or foot amputated due to complications related to diabetes.

Men are 24 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for pneumonia that could have been prevented by getting an immunization.


The single most important way you can take care of yourself and those you love is to actively take part in your health care. Educate yourself on health care and participate in decisions with your doctor. This site will help you get started.
Although there is one thing I have to point out.

You see along with physical health I think mental health is also very important. One thing that really needs to change about men's health from the mental perspective is idea that a man's health is only as important as his usefulness to other people. This is what leads men to think that they are better off ignoring their health issues for the sake of continuing to provide for their families. I think it would so us a lot more good to show men that we don't need to assess our health based on how useful we are to other people.

2 comments:

JayDee said...

You know, I suspect that "Men's Mental Health" covers a lot of unexplored territory. The differences in the types of social circles men and women tend to have, that could have huge differences when looked at from a mental health perspective.

You raise one very good point, and there is another that oft comes to my mind.

Whenever I read that men are hit harder by divorce or such things (in the sense that men tend to loose the only social/emotional support they have, kind of thing), I can't help but think about men suffering from depression or anxiety or whatnot. About how less likely men are to have the kinds of support networks that are important in these situations. About how this particular gendered difference (one in which men seem to come out worse) contributes to mental health / illness.

Danny said...

Thanks for stopping by JayDee.

You know, I suspect that "Men's Mental Health" covers a lot of unexplored territory. The differences in the types of social circles men and women tend to have, that could have huge differences when looked at from a mental health perspective.
I certainly agree with this. Consider that despite women attempting suicide more often men actually succeed at it more often (at a rate of about 4 to 1). I did a post a while back (http://dannyscorneroftheuniverse.blogspot.com/2011/03/so-about-that-life-expectancy-thing.html) on the life expectancy of men. Even when accounting for race women still outlive men (white women>black women>white men>black men in descending order). I also put up a comment with a link to a site showing the leading causes of death. Among all males of all ages of all races in the USA suicide comes in at 7 (ahead of murder even). Also notice how most awareness of depression is targeted at women.


Whenever I read that men are hit harder by divorce or such things (in the sense that men tend to loose the only social/emotional support they have, kind of thing), I can't help but think about men suffering from depression or anxiety or whatnot. About how less likely men are to have the kinds of support networks that are important in these situations. About how this particular gendered difference (one in which men seem to come out worse) contributes to mental health / illness.
Yes when it comes to health the mental is just as vital as the physical. Same as with divorce.

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