Gents, if you are half way interested in your health, and thus your ultimate survival – listen up!!
An article in todays (26th January 2011) Business Day really caught my interest and made me realize just how lazy ‘us men’ are about our health. It also made me think about how selfish (sorry guys) it is to just ‘bumble on regardless’, with out a thought about the family that gets left behind, devastated by us ‘snuffing it’. Even worse, that are then burdened with a stroke victim or an amputee with kidney failure (secondary to the diabetes that been out of control for years).
Here are some of the highlights from the article:
- in SA cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the biggest killer of men, second only to HIV / Aids (according to Dr Vash Mungal – Singh, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of SA)
- death from heart attack is twice as common in men than in woman (Dr Vash Mungal – Singh)
- 1 in 3 men will develop some form of CVD befor the age of 60 (Dr Vash Mungal – Singh)
- men are less responsive to health messages than woman are
- tobacco and alcohol use is higher amongst men than woman, thus placing them at greater risk
- men tend to ignore the symptoms of CVD and seek medical attention and advice later
- more than half of the premature deaths amongst men are preventable (US Men’s health Network)
- women are 100% more likely to seek preventative healthcare (Scott Williams, vice president of the US Men’s Health Network)
Guys, managing your health is not rocket science! If most guys cared about their health half as much as they cared about their cars premature death from preventable causes would probably be halved!!
I jest, however it’s not really that funny. The results of adopting the proverbial ‘head in the sand’ approach can be devastating.
If you’d like to hear more about the first steps to a healthier you, please email me, or better still, if you live in Cape Town, make an appointment.
Stay tuned…more to follow.