There are many general assumptions made about all genders that still exist today. While many of these are being challenged and indeed changed by modern opinions and movements, some are still widely shared.
But that’s not for us to debate. Instead, we thought we’d look at the statistics for and general attitudes towards men’s well-being ahead of Men’s Health Week between 10th and 16th June.
First, let us consider the facts according to Men’s Health Forum. Men in the UK have lower levels of health literacy than women – they don’t understand health conditions, causes and symptoms as clearly as women. Men are also less likely to visit the dental practice, GP or pharmacy than women. In addition, men are less likely to acknowledge an illness, including a mental health disorder, or seek help for it and are more likely to become alcohol dependent.
There is also research to suggest that women generally have better oral health than men. This makes sense given that women are more likely to visit the dentist for check-ups and change their toothbrush regularly.
So why is this? Maybe some men feel societal pressure to be the alpha male and see health complications as a weakness. Maybe health is just a lower priority for them than it is for women. Whatever the reason, it’s important that guys realise the importance of looking after themselves.
Reducing the risks
Unfortunately for men, sources suggest that they have a higher risk of developing oral cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease than their female counterpart. Being aware of the risk factors and how to reduce them is therefore crucial for men at any age. There are many areas to think about in order to improve health, which are largely the same for men as they are for women.
- Eat a balanced diet
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Get enough sleep
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Seek professional advice if you’re worried about anything
However, it’s not all bad! Men are believed to be more physically active than women, which is good for every aspect of their health. They also have a lower risk of stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Let’s hear it for the guys
While we can’t help with every area of men’s health, at BPI Dental we can offer support and guidance on oral health. We provide a wide range of services to help you avoid problems like gum disease (>https://www.bpidental.co.uk/dental-treatments/gum-disease-periodontal/gingivitis-gum-disease/) and treat the affects of missing teeth (https://www.bpidental.co.uk/dental-treatments/dental-implants/) or dental pain (https://www.bpidental.co.uk/dental-treatments/endodontics-patient/).
During Men’s Health Week this year, make sure you or the men in your life are healthy and happy!