There is a crisis in men’s health. Because of poor health habits, lack of health insurance, failure to seek medical attention and dangerous occupations, men live sicker and die younger than women. Men die at higher rates for 9 of the top 10 causes of death. This includes deaths from cancer, diabetes, suicide and accidents; and diseases of the heart, kidney and liver. <!–split–>
Take control of your health by getting a yearly check-up from your healthcare provider. Your best chance of avoiding health problems that afflict men are prevention, self-examination and regular physician visits. Regular screening can catch many health problems in an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
If you do not have a healthcare provider or cannot afford one, look for health fairs, free clinics and free screening events in your area. Ask your employer, fraternal organizations or place of worship to establish a yearly health fair or screening event. Men’s Health network can provide advice and guidance for these events.
Your Parish Nurse, Kara