Top men’s health tips for Movember

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Top men’s health tips for Movember

The month of November marks the official start of Movember: an annual charitable campaign that focuses on men’s health around the world.

Movember is the brain child of friends Travis Garone and Luke Slattery. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the two boys sat chatting one evening about fashion trends in a bar. They jokingly suggested bringing back the mustache, as it had not been seen in recent style trends.

Inspired by a friend’s mother who was raising funds for breast cancer, they decided to talk 30 of their buddies into growing a mustache and centered the campaign around men’s health, charging them 10 dollars each for taking part.

That was 2003, fast forward to 2017 and Movemeber is now a registered charity with charters around the globe. Here is some information on how you can get involved, and our top tips for men’s health to get you on the right track.

Grow your ‘stache or beard

We’re halfway through the month of Movember, but you can still join in and show your support by growing your facial hair and getting your friends and family to sponsor you. You probably won’t grow your 'stache long enough to do a Dali, but you can raise some funds to support a good cause. Who knows, you might actually like your new grown-out look – embrace the beard!

Top men’s health tips for Movember

Get a check up

A study by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) found that men were less likely than women to take advantage of primary care services. They are also less willing to consult a pharmacist face-to-face, or seek treatment when sick. Part of this is down to old age ideas tied to masculinity – that one has to always be tough, daring, self-reliant (no man is an island) and never emotional. As a result, men do not regularly seek help and advice for their health issues, or avoid seeking help at all.

Finding a doctor you trust and feel comfortable opening up to is a great step in the right direction, but regardless of who you see, it’s important to get regular health check-ups and seek medical attention when you suspect there is something wrong.

Of course, we couldn’t talk about check-ups without mentioning eye tests. Make sure to get your eyes tested at least once every year, or as soon as you notice any changes to your vision. Changes in eye health very commonly signify other underlying health issues.

Top men’s health tips for Movember

Know what you are most at risk of

If you know what you are most at risk of, you’ll know what to do to protect yourself.

Prostate and testicular cancer are two of the biggest illnesses that affect men. When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98%. If found late, the survival rates drops below 26%. Almost half (47%) of men diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK each year are aged under 35.

Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history, like a father or brother who has had testicular cancer, are more at risk. In addition, if you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also a heightened risk it could return.

Get into the habit of checking your body regularly to spot anomalies, and get regular checkups from the doctor.

Top men’s health tips for Movember

Eat healthy and exercise

This is fairly standard advice, yet many people don’t take the time to think about what they’re eating to ensure that they are intaking a good balance of food. You don’t have to become a nutritional expert, but making sure you get a little bit of everything, along with some regular exercise can add a few more years to your life.

You don’t have to spend hours pumping iron at the gym either, a 10 minute daily jog can make a huge difference. Also, it has been shown that shorter (around 30 minutes), more intense workouts have a much better effect than longer, stretch out workouts.

Your health matters, so make sure to get informed and get active, not just during Movember, but thoughout the year.

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