A New Direction For Men
According to the old saying, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it!’ Unfortunately when it comes to the health of men in western countries, the stats don’t lie and we can state with certainty – IT IS BROKE! Let’s paint a picture on the health of blokes in Australia. These stats are comparable for all Western men.
- Male deaths rates outnumber female deaths across every age group until retirement. The only reason this trend stops at retirement is that so many men die before reaching retirement.
- 50% of men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
- 32% of men over 25 years have high blood pressure.
- Two-third of men are classed as clinically overweight or obese.
- The life expectancy of a male born today is 79.4 years – 4.5 years lower than of a woman.
The moment a baby boy is born, his future health prognosis is notably poorer than that of his sister. There is a range of theories as to why this disparity exists but the influence of lifestyle factors is definite. And by lifestyle factors, we mean preventable negative contributors to poor health that with better management, could be avoided:
- Physical inactivity;
- High stress levels;
- Poor sleeping patterns;
- Lack of social support;
- Poor diet.
Enough really is enough. Men need a new direction and it starts with us throwing men’s health issues into the spotlight. It’s time we lifted the veil of secrecy on what is one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. We need to remove the negative stigma upon men that take an active pursuit on improving their health profile as these men are the pioneers. These men are the front liners that dare to challenge the status quo and have decided that acceptance of poorer health outcomes for blokes is a thing of the past.
I challenge you to look at yourself and ask the question – is it time I took the first steps of change? You do not have to accept that ageing is a one-way road. Fight back gentleman and reclaim your youth. The spoils are there for those that can find the inner strength and courage to tackle life! Bring it on!