We all know someone who is stereotypical bloke. A big, burly, guy who eats like a horse, drinks like a fish, doesn’t care too much about his health and would have to have a leg hanging off before he even thought of going to the doctor. Men pride themselves on having a ‘tough guy’ persona, and many hide their feelings and health concerns, instead preferring not to bother anyone with any emotional or physical issues they might have.
So how can we encourage men to take control of their health, and give them some of the tools that could help them become happier and healthier? Surprisingly, it can be as simple as linking them with the right services and organisations to suit their needs. Men’s Health Week runs from June 14-20, and with theme of ‘Connecting for Men’s Health’, it aims to foster open conversations between men, and the people who help them.
The health facts for men aren’t great.
- Men die 4.5 years earlier than women, they are more likely to die of heart disease, liver disease and diabetes.
- Men who are largely inactive are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental illnesses than those who exercise regularly.
- Sleep is important: Men who only sleep 5-6 hours have a 60% greater risk of fatal heart attack.
During Men’s Health Week, men of all ages are encouraged to connect with health services, mates, their culture, their workplace, and with their families. Starting open and honest discussions with the right people can make such a difference in so many ways. The Men’s Health Week website has a range of information about community events and health information and contacts.
For men who want to make changes to their lifestyle and diet to improve their overall health, there is an additional option. For men who really want to make a difference to their health, EasDNA Australia has the ultimate test, which will point you in the right direction, helping you achieve your health and nutrition goals, and then some! Nutrifit is perfect for people who want to optimize their lifestyle and dietary choices according to their genetics. This test is suitable for a range of people, including:
- Those wanting to gain an understanding about how to optimise their diet and lifestyle
- People looking to tailor their diets to suit their DNA
- Those wanting to reduce the risk of developing readily preventable diseases.
Even though only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by genetics, there is still a great deal of information to be gained from discovering how your unique genetic makeup affects your health and wellbeing. When you start implementing the suggestions provided in your personalised results, your body will start to thanks you for it. You’ll be well equipped to be the healthiest version of you, ever!
So even if you are the stereotypical Aussie bloke, isn’t it time you made a change to become the best Aussie bloke possible? What have you got to lose?