On average men live shorter lives than women – in part because men don’t give as much attention to their health, including getting physical check ups and screenings on a regular basis.
Men are at risk for premature death at younger ages compared to women. That’s because men have earlier and more severe coronary artery disease and they have some different types of cancers, says Dr. Gary Rull, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. He says some of these diseases could be prevented or managed if men didn’t put off seeing a doctor.
SOUND BITE: “The biggest health threats to men today are the diseases that you often hear about in the news – heart disease, cancers, particularly lung, colorectal and prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, COPD and injuries.”
Dr. Rull says men need to get the appropriate screenings and follow various health guidelines to take good care of themselves. They should know their readings for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. He advises men to stop smoking, get adequate exercise and manage their weight.
SOUND BITE: “Things that men can do and women as well, but men can do to help them with that are number one, to reduce their calorie intake – not only portion sizes, but choosing healthier food options. The other thing is to increase the amount of physical activity in their that they perform. (3:59). . . The recommendations now are to do about 75 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity . . . (4:09) The recommendations now are to do 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week or about 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.”
Dr. Rull stresses the importance of men seeing their primary care physicians for regular check ups and screenings so they can correctly manage any risk factors they may have.
This is Ruth Slottag at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.