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Fun Facts about Men's Health

June is Men’s Health Month! The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys


  • More than half (55%) of all men surveyed have not seen their primary care physician for a physical exam within the past year, but many of the top 10 causes of death and disability can be prevented or delayed with early diagnosis and treatment.
  • Four in 10 (42%) men have been diagnosed with at least one of the following chronic conditions: high blood pressure (28%), heart disease (8%), arthritis (13%), cancer (8%) or diabetes (10%).
  • Almost one in five men (18%) 55 years and older have never received the recommended screening for colon cancer.
  • More than one out of four men (29%) say they wait “as long as possible” before seeking help when they feel sick or are in pain or are concerned about their health.
  • Despite this, almost 8 in 10 (79%) men describe themselves as in “Excellent,” “Very Good,” or “Good” health.


  • However, men might no be as healthy as they claim. The survey showed men spend an average of 19 hours a week watching television, and more than four hours a week watching sports, but just slightly more than one-third (38%) of men exercise on a regular basis. And, the CDC estimates, almost three out of four (71%) men are overweight.


To help ensure good health, John’s Hopkins Hospital recommends the following guidelines:

Each day: 

  • Exercise 30 minutes (at least 5 days each week).
  • Protect yourself from the sun — use sunscreen and dress appropriately.


  • Watch your fat intake — no more than 30% of your caloric intake.
  • Eat 2 to 3 servings of protein (meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts) and dairy products.


  • Eat 6 to 11 servings of grains; 3 to 5 servings of vegetables; and 2 to 4 servings of fruits.
  • Be aware of your alcohol intake. Limit yourself to no more than 2 drinks per day.

Each Month

  • Examine your gums, teeth, lips, tongue.
  • Do a full-body self-exam for unusual moles or other skin conditions.
  • Know your blood pressure level.


  • Watch your weight — check your BMI (body mass index).

Each Year

  • Have a dental checkup once or twice a year.
  • After age 50:have a physical exam by your doctor
  • Get a flu shot