CONTACT: L. E. OHMAN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
National Men's Health Week is June 9-15
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men often ignore their health.
Most men know the facts about everything from sports to financial management,
but few are as knowledgeable or care as much about the health issues that
face them. A recent survey conducted by Men's Health magazine and CNN revealed
that more than 9 million men have not seen a doctor for a health check
in the past five years. In fact, women visit doctors almost four times
as often as men, according to the National Men's Health Foundation.
"Many men only come to see their primary care physician when they
feel something is wrong. As a result, many men don't periodically check
their blood pressure or serum cholesterol. Women, in comparison, seem much
more attuned to preventive health care," said Dr. George Bergus, University
of Iowa associate professor of family medicine.
A number of men don't answer these questions correctly:
What health threat is the biggest killer of men in the United States?
a. lung cancer
b. cardiovascular disease
c. auto accidents
Answer: Cardiovascular disease. In a recent year, 447,233 men
died from heart disease; 95,808 from lung cancer and 28,635 from auto accidents.
As a man, what nutrient should make up the bulk of your diet?
Answer: Carbohydrate. The average man should get a minimum of
60 percent of his daily calories from carbohydrate, no fewer than 10 percent
from protein and no more than 30 percent from fat.
As a man, which diseases do you need to worry about getting?
a. breast cancer
All of them. Though not as common among men as women, all of these conditions
can threaten a man's health.
If you exercise regularly, how much water should you be drinking
a. 4 to 6 glasses
b. 6 to 8 glasses
c. 10 to 11 glasses
Answer: Ten to 11 glasses. If you exercise regularly you'll need at
least two to three more glasses than the recommended eight per day if you
plan on improving your performance in the gym. Sports nutritionists say
that even mild dehydration can leave you weak and cut into your gains.
According to the National Men's Health Foundation, the life expectancy
of men continues to be an average of seven years less than women, despite
advances in medical technology and research. The foundation also reports
that almost four times as many men as women suffer heart attacks before
the age of 65, and 27 percent of men will die within one year after having
a heart attack.
The goal of National Men's Health Week, June 9 through 15, is to make
men more knowledgeable about their health and aware of the importance of
taking preventive health measures to increase the likelihood of longer,
This year, the American Academy of Family Physicians is joining the
National Men's Health Foundation to provide a nationwide educational campaign
to make men and their families aware of the importance of early detection
and treatment of common male health problems such as prostate cancer, heart
disease and testicular cancer.
"Much preventive health care is not high tech medicine, but it
is still very important and prevents future health problems. Besides checking
your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, most of us benefit from periodically
reviewing our diet and exercise program with our physicians. I remain convinced
that many health problems are preventable by living a healthy lifestyle
while we are still in good health," Bergus says.
For more information on preventive medicine, the family physician and
men's health people may contact Bergus at 335-8456.
For more information on National Men's Health Week, contact Patrick
Taylor, (610) 967-8621, or visit their Web page at www.menshealth.com.
Men's Maintenance Manual is a free booklet that focuses on healthy living
for men offered by the National Men's Health Foundation. To receive a copy,
call 1-800-955-2002, or send a postcard with your name and address to:
"Men's Maintenance Manual," c/o 14 E. Minor St., Emmaus, Pa.
Note to editors: a fact sheet on men's health and multiple choice
questions are available. If interested, call L.E. Ohman at 335-6660.