The Men’s Health Week runs 10-16 June 2019. In the UK, Men have worse health than women, are more likely to die prematurely and visit their GP half as often. They are more likely to die from cancer, be obese, smoke or to commit suicide.
In addition, one-in-ten men already has diabetes and thousands more either don’t know they have it or are at serious risk of it. In Richmond, each year 345 people are told they have diabetes. There are already an estimated 11,825 local people living with diabetes of whom 5,385 with Type 2 diabetes are known to their GP. Another 15,000 are on the verge of getting it.
Men aged 35-54 are almost twice as likely to have diabetes compared to women.
This year, we are looking at some of the top ‘facts’ around Men’s Health, including:
· 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65.
· NHS health checks are available from age 40 – 74 years, if eligible
· A Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight. Over 30 is considered obese
· A waist over 37 inches puts you at increased risk of many serious health conditions
· Aim to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week
· Aim for 5 portions of fruit and veg a day
· Aim for 150 minutes of exercise a week
· Aim to walk 10k steps a day