MEN, SUPERHEROES!


Men are strong, brave, sturdy and independent. They don’t go to the doctor’s office very often unless it’s related to an accident or injury. And when they are forced to go – often by their spouse – they don’t talk much and don’t dwell on their symptoms, especially those related to problems below the waist.

To put it in a nutshell, they behave like true traditional male superheroes. And they think they are much healthier than women! Yet, men’s life expectancy in Canada is 4 years less than for women, at 79.8 years of age for men versus 83.9 years of age for women.
So guys, why don’t we talk about health?

EXPERTS AT LIVING UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLES

As part of a study conducted in Canada for the Men’s Health Foundation, 72% of the 2,000 polled men aged 19 to 94 admitted to having two bad lifestyle habits or more among the following:

  • Poor diet: too much sugar, saturated fat and salt from ultra-processed foods;
  • Being sedentary: not moderately or rigorously exercising for 150 minutes per week;
  • Poor sleep hygiene: sleeping less than 7 hours or more than 9 hours a night;
  • High alcohol consumption: more than 3 drinks a day;
  • Smoking or having smoked.

CHAMPIONS OF HEALTH ISSUES?

These “unfortunate” lifestyle habits from teenage years and early twenties don’t seem to have short-term consequences. But once the forties come around, repercussions start to emerge.

That’s when main threats to men’s health appear: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, prostate cancer, depression, suicide, chronic respiratory diseases, osteoarthritis, erectile dysfunction, etc.

10 Challenges

 

FOR MEN ONLY…

 

Did you know that making just a few changes to your lifestyle could make a big difference in reducing your risks of having these various problems?

A STRATEGY WORTHY OF A MAN

Hesitating in getting started? Try the SMALL STEP STRATEGY. Start by changing one habit at a time. You will be surprised by the results. You will feel younger, just like MILLENNIALS who are born between 1982 and 2000 for whom health and fitness are part of their lifestyle priorities.

According to a study published in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity journal, MILLENNIALS give less importance to characteristics usually associated to masculinity: being strong, virile, competitive and neglecting the health. It looks like change is in the air!