In most parts of the world, health outcomes among men continue to be substantially worse than among women. Men tend to suffer more severe conditions than women, they have higher death rates for most leading causes of death and they die about six years younger than women.
By the age of 55, approximately 75% of Black men will develop high blood pressure. Forty percent of Black men die prematurely from cardiovascular disease as compared to 21% of white men. 44% of Black men are considered overweight and 24% are obese.
Men are statistically shown to make less frequent visits to the doctor than women. And when they see a doctor, they are less likely to report on the symptoms of disease or illness.
In fact, most men tend to skip the doctor until they become sick or are faced with a serious health problem.
Unfortunately, many of the health issues men face are preventable and treatable. In most households, it’s often the woman that takes control of the health and wellbeing of the family. With this in mind, here are five tips to help women guide the men in their lives towards a healthier lifestyle.
1. Be Intentional When Scheduling Doctor Visits
Try to schedule your appointments for the same day. Scheduling yearly check-ups are important in preventing and also diagnosing issues earlier on before they become a problem.
2. Exercise Regularly Together
Exercise can help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and colon cancer. It can help treat depression, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure too. Try to get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Taking a walk together, jogging, swimming, and mowing the lawn all count!
3. Eat Healthier At Home
Try cooking at home more rather than eating out. Saturated fats are bad for arteries and heart health. They can also have a negative effect on concentration and memory. Cut back on the