THE COMPLEXITIES OF MEN
Men’s health is a complex and rarely spoken about topic. It encompasses not just disease or absence of, but the complete state of physical, mental and social well being as experienced by men. Balance Health aims to break down the barriers that men face in managing their health care and enable men to create an environment where health is a priority, which will be passed on through the generations.
MEN LIVE SHORTER LIVES THAN WOMEN
Did you know men live on average 4-6 years less than women? Men are more likely to commit suicide, suffer from heart disease, die of cancer and have major accidents. Some of these issues are a result of the Y chromosome, such as prostate and testicular cancer, however many men’s health issues are controllable through lifestyle choices.
RISK TAKING BEHAVIOR WORSEN HEALTH OUTCOMES
From a young age males experiment with risk taking behavior more so than females. Risk taking behavior is tied in closely with a societal view of masculinity. Men will play rougher, drive faster, lift heavier and choose to wait longer seeking help if any issues arise. It is a natural progression for men to downplay or ignore health care management, and wait until a catastrophic event occurs before taking action!
Change the construct of masculinity so our children and those to follow will have a new normality. Make your health a priority and you won't regret it!