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.
1 Life Expectancy data is from CDC/NCHS, Health, United States, 2013