Men's Health Week 2021
Men’s Health Week is designed to raise awareness of specific health issues that affect men throughout the world.
Statistically, men are more likely to smoke and consume excessive amounts of alcohol – both of which can lead to a variety of different health issues.
Furthermore, males are exclusively at risk of developing certain medical conditions, such as prostate cancer.
It’s a known fact that men are less likely than women to seek professional help if they have a health-related issue. This can often lead to delays in diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Here we look at what happens during Men’s Health Week and how greater awareness among the male population of all ages can make such a difference.
What is the Aim of Men's Health Week?
Several physical and mental health issues affect men either exclusively or disproportionately and the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to draw attention to these. It also aims to encourage men to take more responsibility for their health.
Many diseases are preventable and changes to lifestyle, regular self-assessment and awareness of certain conditions can help individuals to be better prepared to look after their personal health and take action in good time.
When is Men's Health Week in 2021?
Men’s Health Week takes place during the week of Father’s Day (in the USA) and this year it commences on 14th June 2021 until 20th. The primary aim of this annual event is to encourage both men and boys to take their health more seriously, be more confident and receptive to the idea of talking about their health status, as well as educating the general population about medical conditions for which males are at particular risk of developing.
Men are more likely to fall ill at an earlier age than women and there are a variety of reasons for this. There are certainly biological factors but a lot can also be attributed to issues like coping with stress in a competitive environment and making risky lifestyle choices such as drinking too much, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Each year, Men’s Health Week focuses on a particular issue. For example, in 2017 it looked at how carrying weight around the waist can have an impact on health and, in 2018, the focus was on diabetes.
In 2021, this awareness week is devoted to helping us better understand mental health issues and to encourage men to talk to someone if they are struggling with their own mental health.
How to Participate in Men's Health Week
There are different ways to get involved in Men’s Health Week. Anyone can take part on social media and engage in conversations using the hashtag #menshealthweek and there are plenty of local events being held across the USA and also globally.
Wearing a blue pin can help raise awareness within the family and at work and specific issues like prostate cancer can be a cause for individuals and groups to raise money. Taking part during the week can also involve changing one’s lifestyle and making healthier choices. For example:
Understanding Men's Health Issues
Some of the major health issues that men face also affect women but the risk appears to be much greater. Here are just some of Men’s Health Issues that the week-long event looks to highlight:
- Heart health: High blood pressure is common among men over the age of 45 but heart issues are also more frequently seen in younger men than women. Changes in lifestyle and regular check-ups with a physician can make a huge difference.
- COPD and respiratory diseases: Because men are more likely to smoke and be exposed to greater hazards in the workplace, they are more prone to respiratory diseases, including lung cancer.
- Suicide: The National Institute of Mental Health has estimated that nearly 6 million men suffer from depressive episodes each year. In 2018 in the US, 22.8 per 100,000 men committed suicide compared to 6.2 women.
- Prostate cancer: In America, this is the most common form of cancer in men behind skin cancer and there are nearly a quarter of a million new cases and just over 34,000 deaths each year.
- Diabetes: With an increase in worldwide obesity levels in recent years, both men and women are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with just a few decades ago.