(KUTV) The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Edwin Espinel with the Utah Department of Health stopped by to discuss the following facts you should know:
- Despite advances in medical technology, men tend to live an average of 7 years less than women
- Much of this is due to social pressures that keep men from seeking out early testing for preventable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers
- Men are more likely to participate in risky behaviors, from being inactive/sedentary to driving while intoxicated.
- Women can help men make healthy decisions by encouraging participation in health screenings and by supporting healthy behaviors.
- You aren’t tougher than a heart attack, build your defense against chronic diseases by stopping smoking, being more active, and getting your recommended screenings.
For more information, visit www.menshealthmonth.org.