This year’s Men’s Health Week, running from June 10-16th focuses on men's health by numbers.
10: the richest men in the UK live 10 years longer than the least well-off men. Why is this? If all men had access to the same services and lifestyles as the luckiest, there would be no men’s health problems.
10: cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers on average. Why is this? Smoking damages every part of your body. Each cigarette is thought to take 11 minutes off your life.
14: men (and women) should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol week. Why is this? Drinking too much increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer and mental health problems.
5: we should try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Why is this? They protect against diabetes, obesity and cancer and you cut down on sugar too.
150: you should aim to do 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Why is this? Being more active reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer and other health conditions.
34: 3 out of every 4 suicides are by men. Why is this? Men are at particular risk of suicide and may not feel they can talk to anyone. Reach out.
37: 37 inches is the danger sign for a hazardous waist. Why is this? being overweight increases your risk of heart disease , diabetes and cancer.
Smoking: Stopping smoking can make a big difference to your health. It is never too late to stop smoking to greatly benefit your health:
Alcohol: Men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Tips:
Mental health: Men feel. Men get upset. Men feel happy and men feel depressed. Don’t bottle it all up or try and crush it by drinking or taking drugs. Talk to someone.