Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache (MO BRO), and women step up to support them (MO SISTA), all to raise awareness and funds for men's health.
Men’s health is in trouble. All around the world, fathers, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young, before their time and forno good reason.
The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health. They raise funds that deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs to enable men to live happier, healthier, longer lives.
Reducing Your Risk
Obesity is a big risk for your heart putting excessive strain on your whole body and loading you up on the inside with fat. Manage your diet by identifying and avoiding trans-fats and excessive calories(read the label), and keep your weight in proportion to your height.
Move about and activate your muscles daily by limiting the amount of time you sit (driving, working or resting) with regular breaks to stretch and move. Being inactive is responsible for twice as many deaths as being overweight so stop making excuses and get moving.
Take advantage of free check-ups to detect any potential health issues early. Free Arun Wellbeing MOTs are available to all, NHS Health Checks for those aged 40-74 years, Bowel Cancer (60-74 years) and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening (65-74 years).
One third of us will get cancer in our lives. The most common cancers in men are prostate, lung and bowel. If you notice a new symptom like blood in your stools, coughing up blood or a persistent cough, get it checked by your GP without delay, you are not wasting their time.
More people are dying from liver disease than they were 25 years ago and men are twice as likely to die as women. Have you noticed that the safe drinking level has been lowered to 14 units per week and that you should have at least 2 days alcohol-free per week? Stick to these levels and if you can’t, seek help.
Still smoking? If you can, switch to an e-cigarette, they are not risk free but are safer than traditional smoking. Better still, quit smoking completely because everyone knows that smoking kills.
Stress and emotional health - mental health problems don’t kill you but untreated they can lead to self-harm and suicide. Three quarters of all suicides are by men and suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35 years. Learn what makes you feel better – and do it. So long as you are not harming yourself, or anybody else, this will help.
Arun Wellbeing www.Arunwellbeing.org.uk
NHS Health Checks http://www.healthcheck.nhs.uk
Men’s Health Forum http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx