Let’s talk about men’s health

Posted June 10th, 2015 by

On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women. Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death, and by the age of 100 women outnumber men eight to one1.

Sometimes men just don’t talk about their health problems. Or they might not go to the doctor or for their health screenings as often as women2. This month is National Men’s Health Month and it’s a time to raise awareness and encourage early detection and treatment of preventable disease among men and boys.

There are several ways to get involved and join in the conversation. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are a few ideas:

Join the Men’s Health Forum discussions
Men make up 29 percent of PatientsLikeMe – and 81 percent of these members are sharing about their conditions, tracking their symptoms and connecting with one another in the men’s health forum. If you’re interested in learning more, visit today.

Wear something blue
The Men’s Health Network (MHN) is encouraging everyone to wear blue and share their pictures with the #showusyourblue hashtag on social media.

Research the facts
Learn about Key Health Indicators, common men’s health conditions and leading causes of death on the MHN’s information center.

Check your resources
Here’s a great list of resources and things to do in June, courtesy of the MHN.

Listen to patient interviews
Several men have shared their experiences on the PatientsLikeMe blog – watch Bryan (IPF) and Ed (Parkinson’s disease) speak about their conditions, and listen to David Jurado’s podcast on life with PTS.

Share this post on Twitter and help spread the word for Men’s Health Month.


1 Life Expectancy data is from CDC/NCHS, Health, United States, 2013
2 http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/menshealthfacts.pdf


9 Comments

  1. This is because most men don’t go to doctors for a checkup and only go when their disease symptoms get really bad.

  2. That’s really a big problem,we should eat much vegatable and fruit to keep a health body.this is my option.

  3. I’m a man and it’s true–my wife goes to the doctor more than me. I feel like I just don’t have the time. I know, stupid.

  4. I believe that the gap between death rates of men and women is shrinking. Probably because of work-related issues as women continue to make up larger segments of the work force. So it’s not just because men don’t like to go to the doctor as much.

  5. I am glad I took back my health thanks to the homeopathy. Sometimes standard medicine can’t help you much being so focused on your pocket instead of your health.

  6. Well my dad is to lazy to do check up in the hospital, i guess he’s afraid that it will revealed some unknown disease

  7. One of the best parts about nootropics is that they are completely safe and do not cause any negative side effects

  8. This is because most men don’t go to doctors for a checkup and only go when their disease symptoms get really bad.

  9. women take their health more seriously, while men just hope it will go away. Men probably have a higher pain tolerance level too, so they seem to put up with more

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