International Men's Health Week
June 12th to June 18th
Carrying a weight around your middle? Stress levels higher than normal? Are you in danger of a heart attack?
Too often men delay in seeking health advice or getting to hospital – they don’t want to cause a fuss or they waste vital time calling friends or family first – which can prove fatal.
But the harsh truth is that many of Ireland’s men over 45 are at risk of developing heart disease leading to a heart attack.
Combined with rising levels of obesity, diabetes and smoking, many Irish men are literally a ticking time bomb.
- Men are nearly three times more likely than women to die prematurely from Cardiovascular disease.
- 42% of men aged between 51 and 64 are now obese and a further 44% are overweight
- Inactivity is a major risk for heart attack and stroke. Men typically spend 40 minutes longer sitting down in comparison to women.
- Men are more likely to be dependent on alcohol, and alcohol-related injury and mortality rates are greater among men.
- Blood pressure is higher in men (69%) compared with women (59%).
- A fifth of men eat the minimum recommended guideline of five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
- Intake of cholesterol is higher in men.. 78% of men aged 45+ have high cholesterol.
The good news, however, is that it is possible to take charge of your health
This International Men’s Health Week – we urge all men to follow our positive steps for a healthier heart that will help to minimise the risks of heart disease and stroke:
Ways To Live Better
Our guides on how to maintain a healthy & happy heart.
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms.
Being active is good for your heart and your head.
Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood
The key to healthy eating is to eat a wide variety of foods
Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
It is the sodium part of salt that causes the problem
Recognising and managing your stress will reduce your risk
Losing weight reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke
Check out our Mobile Health Unit timetable for your FREE blood pressure check.
Organisations can order posters and booklets on the Men’s Health Forum website. Email Triona Keane for the Irish Heart’s booklet on “A man’s guide to heart health.”