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Doctors Encouraging Men To Take Charge Of Health

SALT LAKE CITYNational Men’s Health Week kicked off Monday with the goal “to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”

The Centers for Disease Control is clear with a lot of their statistics here — and they’re alarming.

Fifteen percent of all adult men are not in good health at all, and only about half of them get enough exercise, which would be the federally recommended amount of movement.

Four out of 10 men age 20 and older classify as obese and more than half of men 20 and older have hypertension — high blood pressure — which can lead to the leading cause of death for men across America, and that’s heart disease.

A recent study published by Harvard looks at the reasons that men don’t measure up well to our female counterparts.

Women live on average five years longer than men, and the reasons vary from biology to bad choices to literally working themselves to death.

Japanese scientists even have a name for work stress that can result in high rates of stroke and heart attack.

Cleveland Clinic published a study in recent years that revealed men don’t like going to the doctor.

Only half get the check-ups and preventative care they need while 20% said they weren’t even honest with their doctor because they were embarrassed or afraid to change their habits.

And more than 40% said they were told as children that men don’t complain.

So guys, it’s time to be honest.

Sleep, exercise and a healthy diet — that’s the foundation of a happy life, and Men’s Health Week is a good time to evaluate your own habits and change them for the better.

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