Greetings and salutations! June is National Men’s Health Month, founded to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and to give health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage males of all ages to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Why is cultivating a greater awareness of men’s health so important? Here’s one very good reason: Across the industrialized world, women still live 5 to 10 years longer than men. And–among people over 100 years old–85% are women, according to Tom Perls, founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University, one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious studies in the world involving persons aged 100 and over. This short article will help you better understand why women outlive men and how men can improve their odds.
Additionally, since heart disease is still the #1 killer for both men and women, we need to think outside the box–or in this case, the BMI-for effective risk reduction. One dangerous variable that’s well within your control is no further away than your waistline. Read this brief but compelling piece to get clear on why belly size, not BMI, is your best predictor of healthy-heart longevity. With that, I wish you a joyful, vibrant June.
Here’s to your health!
Kiki Powers, MS, CNC