Why is it that physical and mental health is always brushed under the carpet when it comes to men? As progressive as we like to think we are in the 21st century, gender roles still form a huge part of how societies function worldwide. It is evident in so many forms that the disparity between men and women concerning physical and mental health is extreme, but what are the reasons behind this, and what can be done to ensure a healthier future for men? The need of the hour is to explore and implement laws and action on what is being done to ensure men are receiving the healthcare they require this International Men's Health Week 13 - 19 June 2022.
While women have their own health challenges, it is equally important to participate in men's health. Studies suggest that men are likely to have lesser life spans than women. Current life expectancy estimates that, on average, men live five years less than women. According to research, 58% of women aged 75 & above had experienced the death of their spouse, compared to 28% of men. Most of the men in this age group were still married. These statistics paint a bleak picture of what is supposed to be men's "golden years."
What are the reasons behind the shorter lifespan for men? According to a recognized educational organisation, men often:
This translates as a reminder to men: the next time you sprain your ankle, turn a knee, feel a little chest tightness, convince yourself to see your health provider and have it checked out. Do not neglect. Put effort into your well-being.
The same holds true with getting annual preventive screenings for the early detection and treatment of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and depression.
This is essential because some diseases and health conditions initially don't exhibit signs and symptoms. Plus, consulting a doctor will give a chance to learn more about health, how to improve it, and live a healthier, better quality of life.
The men need to take care of their health by:
If population health is to be improved and good health is a universal right, steps must be taken to equally improve men's and women's health. There is no choice to be made between men's health and women's health: this need not be a zero-sum game.
Join Project Global Cure on this International Men’s Health Week in building healthy environments for both men and boys, as action is needed now, and improving men's health will also improve women's health.